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The councilor also emphasized that the BHWs aged 60 to 65 will also be assesed whether they are healthy enough and fit to work.
Dulce Amor Miravite, City Health Office chief, said the training, which started Thursday until Friday, also aims to maximize the implementation of Republic Act 7883, the law that grants benefits and incentives to accredited BHWs.
She explained that RA 7883, otherwise known as the "Barangay Health Workers' Benefits and Incentives Act of 1995", guarantees the protection and welfare of BHWs to ensure that the delivery of primary health services at the community level is unhampered.
Ejercito, who chairs the Senate committee on health and principal author of the UHC Law, said he will push for the granting of permanent salaries for BHWs and BNS as it is the next logical step to take after the enactment of the statute.
Responsibilities of BHWs include immunization administration and regular weight taking of children.
Composed of two batches-public and private-sector employees, barangay health workers (BHW), city government employees, including stakeholders in the travel, hotel, resort and restaurant sectors-the Biguenos enthusiastically immersed themselves in the whole-day training, lectures and demonstrations, which included mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for drowning victims and use of the AED.
Aside from barangay officials, the beneficiaries included in the proposal are village watchmen, members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa, Barangay Nutrition Action Officer (BNAO), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Barangay Health Workers (BHW), Barangay Daycare Workers (BDW), and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials.
'It has come to my attention that our BHWs are removed upon reaching the age of 60,' she said.
Ejercito said institutionalizing the compensation of BHWs and BNSs and their benefits are now possible since the Universal Health Care (UHC) is already a law.
Your role as BHWs is crucial in furthering this cause,' he said.
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