ANSWER (A.) – (1) The barangay is the basic political unit of Philippine Government, and its role is to serve as the primary planning and implementing unit of government policies, plans, programs, projects and activities in the community, and as a forum wherein the collective views of the people may be expressed, crystallized and considered, and where disputes may be amicably settled.
(2) Barangay officials, which include and members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa, are compensated in the form of honoraria, allowances, and such other emoluments as may be authorized by law or barangay, municipal, or city ordinance in accordance with the Local Government Code. The minimum honorarium of barangay officials is set at Php1,000 per month for the punong barangay; and Php600 per month for the sangguniang barangay members, the barangay secretary, and the barangay treasurer. (Sec. 393, RA 7160) The barangay government is covered by the Revised Position Classification and Compensation System administered by the Department of Budget and Management. Consequently, compensation adjustments authorized by law or the President, shall also apply to barangay personnel. (EO 332 dtd. 05.16.96)
(3) Aside from honoraria, the following are the other benefits that barangay officials may be entitled:
a. Christmas bonus in the form of cash gift at the rate authorized by law which covers the Punong Barangay, Sangguniang Barangay members, Barangay Treasurer, and Barangay Secretary, which should be at least One thousand pesos (Php1,000.00) each (DILG Brgy. Primer 4th Ed.);
b. Insurance coverage under RA 6942 which shall include, but not be limited to temporary and permanent disability, double indemnity, accident insurance, death and burial benefits, for the Punong Barangay, Sangguniang Barangay members, Barangay Treasurer, Barangay Secretary, and Barangay Tanods not exceeding twenty (20) each barangay.
c. Free medical care including subsistence, medicines, and medical attendance in any government hospital or institution, for the Punong Barangay, Sangguniang Barangay members, Barangay Treasurer, and Barangay Secretary. Hospital care shall include surgery or surgical expenses, medicines, x-rays, laboratory fees, and other hospital expenses. In extreme emergency, the same officials may be confined in private hospitals with expenses chargeable against barangay funds at not more than Php 5,000 per official;
d. Exemption from paying tuition and matriculation fees for the legitimate dependent children attending state or government colleges or universities of the Punong Barangay, Sangguniang Barangay, members, Barangay Treasurer, and Barangay Secretary, during their term of office only;
e. Conferment of appropriate civil service eligibility on the basis of the number of years service in the barangay for Punong Barangay, Sangguniang Barangay members, Barangay Treasurer, and Barangay Secretary, who have completed their term of office, pursuant to the CSC rules on the matter;
f. Preference in appointment to any government position to which they are qualified for the Punong Barangay and Sangguniang Barangay members after their term of office.
[Taken from pages 7,11-12. How To Manage Barangay Finances.]