Barangay incentive program on final step

BAGUIO CITY – The final assessment for the Barangay Covid-19 incentive project, as to response to national and local programs, laws, rules and ordinances shall be done this coming Monday, December 21.

This is according to Barangay Affairs Officer Noel Mabutas after the Punong Barangays’ meeting last week at the Baguio Convention Center.

The two-phase Barangay Covid-19 incentive project which was allotted by Mayor Benjamin Magalong a P700,000 fund, is conducted for the months of March to November, and the month of December, dealing with Covid response; control and lockdowns, and implementation of health protocols as to national and local advisories.

Judging for the incentive program would be: compliance with various directives, policies, memoranda, executive orders, advisories, ordinances and resolutions issued by the city government: 25 %; compliance based on records from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, 10%; compliance with various peace and order protocols based on records from the Baguio City Police Office, 10%; compliance with records from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, 10%.

From the whole score, another twenty-five percent (25%) is given for compliance to various programs on health and sanitation during the pandemic based on Health Services Office (HSO) records while innovations made in relation to the prevention, control and management of covid-19 virus within the barangay is credited 10%, with completeness of requisite documentation for another 10% A distinctive/exemplary or competitive edge for a certain barangay may also be considered or recognized.

The collation of records and meetings regarding the criteria was conducted by the Barangay Affairs Office and Liga ng mga Barangay chair Councilor Michael Lawana, to determine the qualified barangays.

Participating agencies include the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), City Mayors’ Office (CMO), Liga ng Mga Barangay, OCSWDO, Health Services Office/Sanitation Office, PDEA and the BCPO.

The Covid-19 incentive project is done in place of the annual Best Performing Barangay contest. Said contest’s awarding is done during the Barangay Day celebration in October however, this year’s competition was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The cash incentive shall be utilized by the barangays for Covid-19 programs and other related concerns. – Julie G. Fianza