Davao City to recruit 208 BHWs to be assigned in far-flung areas next year

December 2, 2010 11:30 am 

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 2 – The city government in this city will be hiring 208 barangay health workers (BHWs) to be assigned in far-flung areas next year.

City health officer Josephine Villafuerte said the move is meant to maintain the number of city-paid volunteers who provide services and care particularly in the barangays.

Villafuerte said during the budget hearing early this week, the number of BHWs declined as some of them already retired.

From the initial 1,500 BHWs, the number now only 1,292, she said.

“We also need more BHWs as we already proposed a budget for next year which is fit for the payment of at least 1,500 health workers,” Villafuerte said.

A BHW is receiving an honorarium of P4,000 per month. A portion of the proposed P226.8-million budget of the City Health Office (CHO) will be allocated for the honorarium of the health workers who served in a voluntary basis as required by the Department of Health (DOH).

On the other hand, City Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, chair of the city council’s finance committee, said she plans to craft an ordinance that would institutionalize the provision of benefits to the public health workers.

Ortiz said the ordinance should be institutionalized to sustain on giving benefits such as PhilHealth to the health workers.

“Once it would be institutionalized, the program would not cease. There would be also an assurance that there will be availability of funds for the program on providing benefits to the health workers in the city,” Ortiz said. (PNA)

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