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