Barangay Health Workers

What are the incentives and benefits of BHWs under the RA 7883 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations?

Name of Office: Bureau of Local Health Systems Development

In recognition of their services, all accredited BHWs who are actively and regularly performing their duties shall be entitled to the following incentives and benefits:

• Hazard Allowance – for BHWs exposed to situations, conditions or factors in the work environment or place where foreseeable but unavoidable danger or risks exist which adversely endanger his health or life and/or increase the risk of producing adverse effect on his person in the exercise of his duties, to be validated by the proper authorities in an amount to be determined by the Local Health Board and the local peace and order council of the LGU concerned.

• Subsistence allowance – for BHWs who render service within the premises of isolated barangay health stations (BHS)in order to make their services available at any and all times. This shall be equivalent to the meals they take in the course of their duty computed in accordance with the prevailing circumstances as determined by the LGU concerned.

• Training and education and career enrichment programs (TECEPS) - the DOH in accordance with the Department of Education, and other concerned agencies and non-government organizations shall provide opportunities for the following:

o educational programs which shall recognize years of primary health care service as credits to higher education in institutions with stepladder curricula that will entitle BHWs to upgrade their skills and knowledge for community work or to pursue further training as midwives, pharmacists, nurse or doctors
o continuing education, study and exposure tours, training, grants, field immersion, scholarships
o scholarship benefits in the form of tuition fees in state colleges to be granted to one child of every BHW who will not be able to avail of the above programs; and
o special training programs such as those on traditional medicine, disaster preparedness and other programs that address emergent community health problems and issues.

• Civil service eligibility – a second grade eligibility shall be granted to BHWs who have rendered (5) years continuous service as such, provided that should the BHW become a regular employee of the government, the total number of years served as BHW shall be credited to his/her service in computing retirement benefits. For more information, you may visit this link http://www.csc.gov.ph/barangay-health-worker-eligibility-bhwe.html or inquire with the nearest CSC Regional Office.
• Free legal services – legal representation and consultation services shall be immediately provided by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in cases of coercion, interference, and in other civil and criminal cases filed by or against BHWs arising out of or in connection with the performance of their duties as such.
• Preferential access to loan – The agencies providing loan services will set aside one per cent (1%) of their loanable funds for organized BHW groups that have community-based income generating projects in support of health programs or activities. 

• Source: R.A. 7883 IRR, Rule VII

What are the roles of the BHWs?

Name of Office: Bureau of Local Health Systems Development

BHWs may have different tasks depending on the agreement reached between community leaders. Notwithstanding the said agreement, the BHW shall continue discharging his/her duties and responsibilities as a community organizer, educator, and a primary health care service provider.

As a community organizer, he/she shall participate in organizing and mobilizing the community towards self-reliance. This includes maintaining regular communication and linking the community with the local leaders and the health professionals. They also assist the community from the identification of the health problems, the development of health plans and in taking action to promote their health and well-being.

As an educator, he/she shall provide updated and timely knowledge and skills to community members in the prevention and management of simple illnesses and in relevant health issues. They are also designated as barangay-level health promotion officers in accordance with the Health Promotion Framework Strategy and in support of the UHC Act.

As a health care service provider, he/she shall also assist health professionals in rendering *primary care services in the community for which he/she is trained. In addition, he/she shall health professionals by monitoring the health status of community members, keeping records of health activities and ensuring maintenance of barangay health centers/ stations including safe custody of equipment, supplies and health records.

*Primary care refers to initial-contact, accessible, continuous, comprehensive and coordinated care that is accessible at the time of need including a range of services for all presenting conditions, and the ability to coordinate referrals to other health care providers in the health care delivery system, when necessary.

Source:
• R.A. 7883 IRR, Rule II, Section 8
• R.A. 11223 IRR, Section 4.25
• AO 2021-0063 or Health Promotion Framework Strategy 2030

What is Barangay Health Worker?

Name of Office: Bureau of Local Health Systems Development

A person who has undergone training programs under any accredited government and non-government organization and who voluntarily renders primary health care services in the community after having been accredited to function as such by the local health board in accordance with the guidelines promulgated by the DOH
Source: R.A. 7883, Section 3

What is Republic Act 7883?

Name of Office: Bureau of Local Health Systems Development

R.A.7883 is The Barangay Health Workers’ Benefits and Incentives Act of 1995 which is an Act granting benefits and incentives to accredited BHWs for voluntary health services rendered to the community.

What is the number of BHWs nationwide?

Name of Office: Bureau of Local Health Systems Development

Below is the link to the National BHW Registry System containing the data on BHW population as encoded by Centers for Health Development and MOH BARMM:

https://bhw.doh.gov.ph