EXCEPT for officials in barangays that are operating under a re-enacted budget, all chairmen down to Sangguniang Kabataan members are entitled to receive a social assistance benefit under the Yuletide Social Assistance Program (YSAP).
According to Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano, the “cash bonus” should not exceed their monthly compensation which was already made available since December 21.
To be entitled to the YSAP grant, barangays, through their respective sangguniang barangays (SB), should enact an appropriation ordinance authorizing a supplemental budget for the provision of the YSAP for 2019.
Ano however said that if the barangay is operating under a re-enacted budget, the SB shall not be allowed to enact an appropriation ordinance authorizing such budget consistent with Section 323 of the Local Government Code.
In determining the amount of YSAP, Ano said SBs should exercise prudence and judicious use of the barangay funds and “ensure that the expenditure is reasonable and will not, in any way, adversely affect the delivery of services to the public.”
“Siguraduhin po natin ang pagbibigay ng Christmas bonus sa lahat nga kwalipikadong mga barangay LGUs ay makatarungan at hindi makakaapekto sa inyong pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa mga nasasakupan,” the DILG chief said.
Covered by the program are all barangay officials and functionaries down to SK officials and members who have rendered at least four months of service and are still in the service as of November 30, 2019.
“Ang Pasko ay panahon ng pagbibigayan kaya nararapat lamang na ang ating mga matitino, mahuhusay, at maaasahang mga opisyales, SK chairpersons, at nagtratrabaho sa mga kabarangayan ay makatanggap din ng kaukulang biyaya sa pamamagitan ng YSAP,” he said.
Under Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 dated December 23, 2019 issued by the DILG and the Department of Budget and Management, also entitled to receive the YSAP benefit are barangay functionaries which include SK treasurer, SK secretary, and SK kagawads and other workers or personnel designated or engaged by the barangay who are performing official functions and duties, and whose compensation are sourced from barangay funds.
For YSAP beneficiaries who have rendered less than four months of service as of November 30, their benefit will be computed on a pro-rated basis ranging from 10 to 40 percent of the YSPA amount, depending on their length of service.
The grant of 2019 YSAP benefit for barangay officials and functionaries is authorized under Executive Order No. 99 dated December 6, 2019 enjoining all SBs to establish YSAP for barangays.