As promised by the provincial government, volunteers who did not receive their incentives in 2015 are being paid in portion after the Provincial Board approved the allotment of P15, 934,000 for the purpose.
In the first week of January 2016, capitol has released the incentives of volunteers for the months of January to March 2015 amounting to P5M.
Most of the volunteers are helping the Provincial Health Office in the implementation of various health programs of the government like the Barangay Health Workers.
Jenevil Tombaga of PHO said the delay is caused by some processes in the Capitol but disclosed that there are volunteers in the municipalities who already received the incentives.
“May mga munisipyo na nauna ang release pero ‘yung April to December ‘yung mga payrolls nila ay on-going pa ‘yung pag-audit,” Tombaga said.
Earlier, Board Member Leoncio Ola said the provincial government has around 10,000 BHW’s and volunteer workers.
The fund will be coming from the savings incurred from unfilled positions in the provincial government.
Aside from the processes in the Capitol, Ola earlier said that the delay in the payment of honorarium of volunteers was due to absence of allotment.
This year, the incentive of volunteers is increased to P400 per month from P300 per month as announced by Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez in June 2015. (By Pia Cara Valdestamon)