MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (PIA) – Retiring barangay officials will benefit from Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos’ bill filed in the senate which he said has already passed in the committee level during the 1st Southern Leyte Tourism Summit held at the Lourdes Convention Center, September 26.

Senate Bill No. 12, he said was the provision of Philhealth for every member of the family of barangay officials. “The bill is an act providing retirement benefits to barangay officials including barangay workers,” Marcos disclosed to tourism stakeholders, local government officials and representatives and the media during the summit in which he was the guest speaker.

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He is optimistic that the bill will pass in the Senate considering that 11 senators have co-authored it after he submitted the committee report numbered 41.
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With the Bill, village chiefs stand to receive P100,000 cash benefits if they have completed three terms, while the barangay kagawads will receive P80,000.

Other barangay workers such as tanods and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) will get P30,000 to P50,000, Marcos told.

During the 1st Southern Leyte Tourism Summit topics discussed were Tourism Eastern Visayas: Aftermath of Yolanda “The Role of Southern Leyte in Region 8,” with DOT regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes as resource speaker;

ASEAN Integration “Boon of Bane for Local Tourism” by Gardito B. Paloma from Mandaue City; Why the Koreans are coming? The Success of ESL (English as Second Language) in Cebu tackled by Elizabeth Lozarita.

While other topics include The role of Social Media in Tourism Promotions, Sogod Bay: the Next Mecca in the Philippines and Mt. Nacolod: The Next Major Eco Tourism Destination in Eastern Visayas/Philippines.

The undertaking was also graced by Gov. Roger Mercado who delivered his inspirational message, Maasin city Mayor Maloney Samaco and other municipal mayors and Provincial Board Members. (jrc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)