2023 barangay and SK elections

What are the compensation, benefits of barangay and SK officials?

Lance Spencer Yu

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What are the compensation, benefits of barangay and SK officials?
On average, a barangay chairperson receives P7,900 per month while a barangay councilor earns P5,900

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are set to head to the polls on Monday, October 30, to vote in the barangay and Sangguiang Kabataan (BSKE) elections. But what exactly do these local officials get in return for their service?

Barangay officials do not receive a monthly salary. Instead, they receive an honorarium that does not have a fixed rate, according to Dennis Villaseñor, director of the Department of Interior and Local Government’s National Barangay Operation Center.

On average, a barangay chairperson receives P7,900 per month, Villaseñor said in a Radyo5 interview on Friday, October 27. Meanwhile, a barangay councilor earns P5,900 on average.

However, if you look at just barangays within Metro Manila, that average rises to P12,700 for a barangay chairperson and P8,900 for a barangay councilor.


The high variation between monthly honoraria is because how much barangay officials are paid depends on the barangay’s financial situation too. According to Villaseñor, local government units are given 40% of national taxes collected, and out of that amount, 20% is then given to the barangays within the city or municipality. How much a barangay gets is then partly determined by its population.

Barangays can only spend a maximum of 55% of its total budget for personnel services, which includes honoraria and Christmas bonuses for its officials. 

The Department of Budget and Management also released Local Budget Circular No. 149, which sets a ceiling for how much barangay officials can be compensated. 

Barangay officials also receive other benefits aside from a monthly honoraria, such as a Christmas bonus, insurance coverage, free hospitalization, free tuition, civil service eligibility, and preference in appointment of other government positions that they qualify for after their term of office.

Meanwhile, SK officials are also exempted from paying tuition and matriculation fees while enrolled in public tertiary schools within their local government unit or within 50 kilometers from their province. 

SK officials are also exempted from participating in their National Service Training Program and may be excused from attending classes during regular or special SK meetings.

Aside from their monthly honoraria, SK officials also receive PhilHealth coverage and may reimburse their actual traveling expenses for travel directly related to their function as SK officials.

The SK chairperson also receives the same privileges as a barangay kagawad, given their role as ex officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay. – Rappler.com

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Lance Spencer Yu

Lance Spencer Yu is a multimedia reporter who covers the transportation, tourism, infrastructure, finance, agriculture, and corporate sectors, as well as macroeconomic issues.