ILOILO — A thunderous applause explodes in the crown ballroom of a famous resort here when Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. announced the increase in the allowance of 14,000 community volunteers here yesterday (December 9).
“I am happy to tell you that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved the P56-million appropriation for your allowance. This means that you will receive P4,000 each this December,” Defensor announced during the Barangay Service Point Officer’s Day held in Punta Villa, Iloilo City.
The annual gathering of 2,232 BSPOs from 42 municipalities and one component city aims to recognize the hard work and support of these volunteers to the population development programs of the provincial government.
BSPOs were organized in Iloilo since 1977 as an extension arm of the Provincial Population Office now headed by former Cabatuan Mayor Ramon Yee.
Aside from BSPOs, 8,379 Barangay Health Workers, 1,598 Barangay Nutrition Scholars and 1,791 Day Care Workers will receive the same cash gift starting Wednesday up to Friday.
The following is the schedule of payout:
Dec 9, 2015
Barotac Viejo Payment Center: Barotac Viejo, San Rafael, Lemery, Ajuy and Concepcion
Sara Payment Center: Batad, Carles, Balasan, Estancia, San Dionisio, Sara
Dec 10, 2015
Dumangas Payment Center: Barotac Nuevo, Dumangas, Anilao, Banate
Passi City Payment Center: Passi City, Duenas, Dingle, San Enrique
Dec 11, 2015
San Miguel Payment Center: San Miguel, Leon, Alimodian
Santa Barbara Payment Center: Leganes, New Lucena, Pavia, Zarraga
Guimbal Payment Center: San Joaquin, Tubungan, Igbaras, Guimbal, Oton, Tigbauan, Miagao
Dec 12, 2015
Pototan Payment Center: Pototan, Mina
Cabatuan Payment Center: Janiuay, Lambunao, Maasin, Bingawan, Cabautan, Calinog, Badiangan
“The support of BSPOs in our programs helped a lot. They proved that if their service is for our people, volunteering isn’t tiresome,” stressed Defensor.
The governor adored the volunteers and repeatedly thanked them of their contribution to his development agendas on health, education and social welfare.
“As I wind up my second term, remember that Art Defensor loves you because you have supported him in all his political fights. You gave me strength and inspiration. You proved to me that love can prevail over money,” he said.
This coming May 2016 election, the re-electionist governor warned the volunteers not to succumb to corrupt politicians, especially to those who are running for president.
He asked to support experienced and competent candidates who have the political will to institute reforms for the betterment of our country.
Prior to casting of votes, he added that they should think for their future under the kind of leaders they will put to office. JAN