Monday, January 02, 2006

More benefits for barangay execs eyed

AFTER getting a two-year extension of their current term courtesy of Congress, barangay officials stand to get additional package of benefits from proposals at the House of Representatives.

In House Bill No. 4954, Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas is seeking the support of his colleagues for the income tax exemption of whatever honorarium, allowances, or salaries that barangay leaders get.

Gullas, a former provincial governor and city mayor, also seeks GSIS coverage as well as medical and health service programs for barangay chairmen, councilors, secretaries, treasurers, tanods, members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa and all other barangay employees.

Another feature of Gullas' bill was the exemption from the payment of capital gains and other national taxes from the sale, exchange or disposition of real property by barangay officials and employees as long as the proceeds of such transactions would be used to acquire a family dwelling not exceeding 500 square meters. Tita C. Valderama, Peoples Journal

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