Just recently, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No 99, enjoining all Sangguniang Barangays to establish a ‘Yuletide Social Assistance Program’ for officials and workers. The program will recognize barangay officials and workers for their services.
“The yuletide season is an opportune time to establish such measures or programs for the economic empowerment of barangay officials and functionaries, in recognition of their valuable and meaningful service that effect genuine and positive change in their respective communities, consistent with the provisions of the local government code,” a portion of Executive Order No 99 reads.
The order acknowledges barangay officials and workers as at the “forefront in the delivery of essential and basic government services”, such as healthcare, social welfare, agricultural support, settlement of disputes, peace and order, and promotion of general interest in the community.
Moreover, the Yuletide Social Assistance Program will include the punong barangay, barangay secretary, barangay treasurer, barangay tanods, members of the lupong tagapamayapa, and other personnel appointed by the barangay.
The Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Budget and Management will issue guidelines to carry out and implement the said order.