by: Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran- No less than the top official of Biliran town has announced in an exit conference with the members of the Biliran provincial committee (PNC) that she will raise the honorarium of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) of her town next year.
Alarmed by the low monthly honorarium of the BNS of her municipality, Biiran Mayor Grace J. Casil vowed to increase the monthly honorarium of the BNS serving the 11 barangays of her town.
At present, the municipality of Biliran allocated only P100 monthly honorarium to BNS or equivalent to P1,200 given in full to each of the 11 BNS every end of the year.
“I will hire them as job order employees of the town in 2016”, the lady mayor said infront of the members of the Biliran PNC in an exit conference at her office on June 23, 2015, the scheduled date of the town’s monitoring and evaluation of local level plan imlementation on nutrition (MELLPI).
At first, Casil planned to give them P500 a month but after knowing the duties and obligations of the BNS who are in the frontline of helping in the implementation of health programs, projects and activities in the grassroots level, she finally decided to include them as job order employees.
If a current job order employee of Biliran town is now receiving P100 a day as a minimum daily pay, a BNS will also receive the same amount by next year.
Casil further said that the raise in their honorarium is a big moral booster for the effective and efficient implementation not only of health programs, projects and activities but also in the nutrition aspect of their respective barangay.
The lady mayor also hopes that the increase in honorarium of BNS for next year will help change the not so good nutritional status of 0-5 and school children of her town.
She also vowed to focus on providing more support to the nutrition programs, projects and activities to improve the standing of her town among the eight towns in terms of nutrition. # (fj/PIA 8 Biliran)