Minority solons seek more benefits for barangay officials

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2018 12:38 AM

MANILA—Minority lawmakers on Wednesday sought more benefits for barangay officials and amendments to the Sangguniang Kabataan’s Anti-Political Dynasty Law.

House Minority leader Danilo Suarez refiled a bill increasing the share of local government in national taxes to create a barangay retirement fund.

"This bill seeks to amend the Local Government Code of 1991 wherein 1% shall be added to the share of the local government in the national internal revenue taxes increasing it to 41% from 40%.

"The lump sum retirement pay shall be equivalent to one-year honorarium not exceeding P100,000 provided that the retiree is 60 years old and has rendered a minimum of 9 years in service at the time of retirement."

AKO Bicol Rep Alfredo Garbin said: “Sa dami ho ng trabaho nila, talagang dapat bigyan ng nararapat na benepisyo 'yung ating mga barangay officials considering na di lang 8 oras ang kanilang trabaho kundi 24/7."

Garbin, meanwhile, filed a bill seeking to amend the Anti-Political Dynasty Law for the Sangguniang Kabataan. 

Garbin wants to include in the coverage those who are related to incumbents who resigned within a year before the election because incumbent officials who wanted to circumvent this provision in the last barangay and SK elections just quit their posts.

ABS Party List Rep. Eugene Michael de Vera said he wants to also cover relatives who are not related to the incumbent but who are also running in the election. 

“Paano kung di incumbent 'yung magkamag-anak. In the event manalo sila pareho hindi mo rin matatanggal. Siguro isa-susggest ko kay Congressman Garbin na isama na rin yun address ang issue na di pwede tumakbo ang magkamag-anak hanggang second degree sa posisyon ng SK we have to address that."