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Defensor seeks allocation of LGU share from national taxes to barangay health-related programs

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Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor has filed a measure seeking to allocate 1% of the local government’s share from the national taxes collected to barangay health-related programs.

Aside from health programs, Defensor said the allocation could also be used to regularize barangay health workers (BHWs) and give them allowances and benefits.

Defensor underscored the importance of BHWs who serve as the primary caregivers of public health. They implement nutrition programs, maternal services, immunization, regular weighing of children, provide first aid assistance and analogous services.

“It is unfortunate that BHWs are only entitled to allowances depending on the Local Government Units (LGUs) concerned. It is but just and equitable that we recognize the contributions of these public servants by specifically allocating 1% of the internal revenue allotment (now called national tax allocation) dedicated to support barangay health-related concerns, including funding for the BHWs’ regular wages, benefits, continuing education and facilities,” Defensor said in the explanatory note of his bill.

House Bill 4411 seeks to amend the Local Government Code of 1991 (Republic Act 7160).

Local government units (LGUs) are receiving 40% of the taxes collected by the national government.

Under Defensor’s proposal, 1% of the 40% will be solely dedicated to the enhancement of barangay health-related programs including regularization of barangay health workers, their allowances, and other benefits.