Former special assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go meets residents during a recent Ugnayan sa Barangay in Cavite.
Bong Go seeks to empower barangay, SK execs
(The Philippine Star) - January 24, 2019 - 12:00am

MENDEZ-NUÑEZ, Cavite, Philippines — Former special assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go has vowed to push measures that will empower barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials by providing them capability-building opportunities as well as additional benefits.

In a meeting with residents of a barangay here on Tuesday, Go said barangay officials, including SK chairpersons, should receive similar benefits given to regular government employees.

He said SK councilors should receive honoraria commensurate to their duties in fulfilling their mandate to their constituents.

Only SK chairpersons receive honoraria, but all SK officials are entitled to free tuition in state colleges and universities.

Go’s proposals for additional benefits for barangay leaders are among the salient features in the proposed magna carta for barangay officials.

“If the law is passed, salaries, 13th month pay and bonuses will be given to barangay captains, kagawads, secretaries, treasurers and SK chairpersons,” he said.

Go attended the Ugnayan sa Barangay, a program of the provincial government wherein local leaders meet villagers to discuss national and local programs.

Gov. Jesus Crispin Remulla invited Go to speak at the event.

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