The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cordillera is asking newly elected barangay officials to retain workers doing tasks that are paid on honorarium basis.
DILG-Cordillera Director Araceli San Jose issued an advisory dated Nov. 28 encouraging newly elected punong barangays and sangguniang barangay members to retain and reappoint performing and capable barangay health workers (BHWs), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), barangay day care workers (BDCWs), and Barangay Violence Against Women (VAW) desk persons or officers.
The advisory cited provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991 that provides that the punong barangay, upon approval by a majority of members of the sangguniang barangay, may appoint or replace the barangay treasurer, secretary, and other appointive barangay officials.
“However, it is worth considering that BHWs, BNS, BDCWs, and barangay VAW desk persons/ officers were capacitated by either the national and/or local governments and have gained sufficient knowledge, skills and experiences in the performance of their duties and functions,” the advisory stated.
It added: “In view hereof, may we strongly encourage all our newly elected punong barangays and sangguniang barangay members to retain and reappoint appointive barangay officials and functionaries provided they are performing and capable during their tenure of service.” – Gaby B. Keith