Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz turned over P1.1 million in checks to the beneficiaries of the provincial government’s Barangay Insurance Program for Barangay Tanods, Officials and Employees at rites held at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City, Monday, March 15.
The 21 insured individuals are from the different cities and municipalities of the province.
Under the program, the insured individual’s kin receives P50,000 for a natural death and P100,000 for an accidental death, a press release from the Capitol said.
The program was created 20 years ago as the provincial government acknowledges the important role of barangay tanods and officials in assisting the government in the implementation of peace and order, and their exposure to risk and danger, the press release said.
It specifically aims to provide life insurance coverage to qualified barangay tandos, officials and employees to provide socio-economic interventions to their families in times of need.
Lacson said that to expand the program and coverage this year, the provincial government executed a new Memorandum of Agreement with LGUs and barangays to increase the maximum number of tanods per barangay from 20 – 25 tanods.
He also said that as front liners, who are also exposed to risks, Barangay Health Workers were also included in the program, with a maximum number of 20 BHWs per barangay.
Lacson also reminded everyone to continue to practice health and safety protocols at all times.
The governor today also turned over a check for P2 million to Mayor Jilson Tubillara for the purchase of a Patient Transport Vehicle for San Enrique.*