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PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 28, 2012


ECCD benefits thousands of pre-schoolers in Ozamiz City

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 28 (PIA) --At least 3,188 pre-schoolers in Ozamiz City were benefited by the implementation of the Child Welfare Program under the Early Child Care Development (ECCD) of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD), here, last year.

These children were enrolled and attended the sessions of the Day Care Centers of the city. Ludie Salud A. Raras, CSWDO, said.

Of this number, 1,275 or 39.99 percent of the children were recipients of the Healthy Start Feeding/Supplementary Feeding Program, whose funding is sourced from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), region 10.

About 2,155 or 67.59 percent of them were also recipients of the Food for School Feeding Program while 1,082 or 33,94 percent of them were recognized 67 day care centers, last April 2011.

Raras also said some 80 Day Care Workers were trained on the Day Care Workers Skills Enhancement on ECCD conducted in coordination with La Salle University, Ozamiz City.

Meanwhile, 70 Day Care Centers participated in the National Children’s Month celebration with the theme: “Local Council for the Protection of Children Para sa Bright Child Pakilusin, Palakasin, Pagtutulongan.”

Activities of the celebration included the hanging of streamers, conduct of opening mass attended by 1,030 pre schoolers and 1,080 parents/guardians, visitation to the Lanao del Norte ECCD Centers and field visits to other ECCD centers in the province.

Another activity was the Palarong Pambata and coronation of the Mr. and Ms. Universe at the DCC in Barangays Tinago, Lam-an, Labo and Gango, conduct of dental check-up and “open house” of the respective DCC’s.

The Day Care Workers of Ozamiz also attended the DCW Congress at the Provincial Capitol in Oroquieta City where the following laws/topics were discussed:Children related laws and ordinance, importance of food fortification, proper nutrition, environmental sanitation and salient features of the Comprehensive Children’s Welfare Code of Misamis Occidental, Raras added. (PIA-Mis. Occ.)

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