Barangay health worker

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A Barangay Health Worker (BHW) is one of the front-liners who provide health care services for the members of the barangay. It is an individual who went through training programs under any accredited government or non-government organization to provide basic, safe, and effective health care services to the people of the district. Barangay health workers are vital in Barangay Health Centers because they provide assistance and support to physicians, dentists, nutritionists, public health nurses, and midwives. Collectively, they are considered guardians of the nation's health.

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Duties and responsibilities

A Barangay Health Worker is qualified to provide primary health care services in the community it is serving based on the guidelines given by the (DOH). Here are just a few responsibilities of a barangay health worker:

  • First aid
  • Equipment sterilization
  • Assisting in health center activities
  • Collecting vital statistics
  • Maintaining records and making reports
  • Participating in community meetings
  • Assisting in nutrition education, monitoring and feeding
  • Assisting in immunization education, monitoring, and dispensing
  • Assisting in family planning services
  • Assisting in sanitation and hygiene promotion and education

Benefits and incentives

According to Republic Act No. 7883 (An Act Granting Benefits and Incentives to Accredit Barangay Health Workers and For Other Purposes) , all accredited and active barangay health workers who regularly perform their duties are entitled to the following incentives and benefits:

  • Hazard allowance – There are some situations, conditions, or factors present in the work environment that can put a volunteer barangay health worker at certain risks. Some of the risks may be foreseen while some may be deemed unavoidable. Some situations may endanger the health or life of a BHW. Proper authorities can validate the risks involved to assist the local government unit in determining the appropriate amount of hazard allowance.
  • Subsistence allowance – A barangay health worker whose responsibility involves rendering service in isolated health stations are entitled to subsistence allowance. This allowance will cover the meals taken during duty hours.
  • Civil service eligibility – Barangay health workers who have rendered five continuous years of service are granted second grade eligibility.
  • Free legal services – There shall be free legal representation and consultation services for barangay health workers. Such services will be provided by the Public Attorney’s office
  • Preferential access to loan – Organized health workers shall have access to loan services.

Related News

  • On October 28, 2010, a volunteer barangay health worker in Mandaluyong City was awarded most outstanding in the National Capital Region (NCR) during the annual BHW-NCR awards. Eighteen barangay health workers were given due recognition by the city government of Mandaluyong. Shirley Retuya of Barangay Highway Hills was one of them. She was awarded most outstanding BHW in the city for 2010.
  • According to Senator Loren Legarda, barangay health workers currently receive an honorarium pay of Php 1000. Legarda is pushing for the barangay health workers’ monthly salaries. “With the resurgence of different disease outbreaks that most often emerge in the remotest areas in the country or with every calamity that strikes us, our barangay health workers serve as the caretakers of the lowly Filipinos,” Legarda said.

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