Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia increased the insurance coverage for the barangay workers in the Province under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
Group accident insurance for barangay health workers (BHWs), barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs), day care center workers (DCCWs), barangay animal health aides (BAHAs), and barangay tanods will now be worth P100,000 from the previous P50,000.
Barangay treasurers and secretaries can also avail of this insurance package.
“Kagawads” or members of the barangay council will be covered with an insurance policy worth P150,000 while P200,000 for barangay captains.
According to the GSIS, the amounts come with a medical reimbursement of around P6,000 to P15,000 depending on coverage and a bereavement assistance of P10,000.
Garcia announced this in Argao town Tuesday, January 26 to the delight of the barangay workers during a road inauguration in Barangay Tulang which connects Barangay Mompeller to Barangay Bala-as.
This is in line with the governor’s commitment to ensure that barangay workers’ accident benefits get expanded as they take on more challenging tasks to maintain peace and order in the community, ensure public health, and carry out Capitol programs in their localities.
Among these programs is the “SUGBUsog (Sugbuanong Busog, Luwas ug Himsog)” which aims for food security in the Province. The program includes propagation of medicinal plants, raising of free-range native chicken, and aquaponics or the cultivation of plants that allows for the growing of fish.
By February, to exalt a deeper meaning of love and care to barangay frontliners, presidents of barangay workers and senior citizens associations in all districts of Cebu will meet for the ceremonial distribution of vitamins and food packs.
“Alang ni sa padayong pagpalig-on sa panglawas sa atong frontliners,” Garcia said. (Eleanor Valeros)