30, 2013

NR # 3242

Twenty percent discount on transportation fare of barangay officials proposed
A first-term lawmaker has proposed the granting of 20 percent discount on the transportation fare of barangay officials to motivate them to work effectively and efficiently for the benefit of the people. Rep. Henry Oaminal (2nd District, Misamis Occidental) raised the proposal, saying the performance of duties of barangay officials require them to travel extensively but these local executives are only allotted a limited budget for food, lodging and travel expenses. “They are often forced to look to their friends, relatives and acquaintances for accommodations and lodging where they can stay when called upon to travel great distances. In most cases, they are compelled to spend whatever they have out of their own pockets,” said Oaminal. He noted that the functions of barangay officials have significantly increased due to the evolving complexities in the administration of government throughout the years. “In various remote areas, barangay officials are often called to task and go out of their way to ensure the delivery of basic services to their constituents. In like manner, they are also required to attend seminars and conferences to enhance their knowledge in public service. This is to improve the quality of the service they provide,” said Oaminal. The solon said no less than the Local Government Code of 1991 recognizes the vital role barangay officials perform in the delivery of essential services to the people. “These officials of the smallest political unit serve as frontliners and local leaders among the great number of constituents all over the country,” said Oaminal. In HB 2411, the lawmaker proposed the granting of 20 percent discount on the transportation fare of barangay officials, amending Section 393 of Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Section 393 of RA 7160 provides for benefits to barangay officials. The proposed amendment provides that in addition to the benefits currently being enjoyed by the punong barangay, the sangguniang barangay members, the barangay treasurer, and the barangay secretary, these officials shall be entitled during their incumbency to 20 percent discount on transportation fare. (30) rbb

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