Mortuary benefit for relatives of deceased barangay officials okayed

BAGUIO CITY September 06 – The City Council approved on third and final reading a proposed ordinance granting mortuary benefit to the bereaved family of deceased incumbent elected or appointed barangay officials of the city.

The ordinance authored by all members of the local legislative body stated that regardless of whether the cause of death is work-related or not, the beneficiary of deceased incumbent elected or appointed barangay officials shall be entitled to receive the amount of P5,000 as financial assistance.

The ordinance added that in the event of death of any incumbent elected or appointed barangay official, the beneficiaries shall immediately notify the Office of the City Mayor through its Special Services Division (SSD) regarding such circumstances.

Subsequently, the SSD personnel shall assist the beneficiaries in the processing of the claim with the concerned offices of the local government pursuant to the provisions of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2008-24, which provides for the revised implementing rules and regulations of Executive Order (EO) No. 115 to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the beneficiaries, to further ensure expeditious and prompt release of checks to the duly designated legitimate beneficiaries or claimants and to establish the relationship of the beneficiary or claimant to the deceased barangay official.

Among the documents required to be submitted by the beneficiaries include the death certificate of the barangay official duly certified by the Local Civil Registrar or the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), certificate of incumbency to be issued by the City Local Government Operations Officer, sufficient identification and proof of relationship of the beneficiary or claimant, and such other documents deemed necessary.

However, the ordinance cited the sustainability of the program shall be subjected to the availability of funds appropriated for the purpose.

The ordinance disclosed that the mortuary benefit shall be payable to the beneficiaries in the order of preference enumerated and that the same shall solely be used for the mortuary services of the deceased barangay official.

The ordinance asserted the local government shall not render any mortuary assistance to the barangay official whose death is caused or resulting from whether directly or indirectly, wholly or partly, by intentionally self-inflicted injury resulting to death or suicide; accident while under the influence of prohibited drugs, under the influence of liquor and while in any attempted commission of, or willfully participation in any crime punishable by any prevailing law or measure.

The ordinance claimed that the amount of P200,000 shall be appropriated annually from the budget of the local government for the implementation of the mortuary benefit to the relatives of deceased incumbent elected or appointed barangays officials in the city's 128 barangays.

By Dexter A. See

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