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Official seeks budget for daycare workers' honorarium from Oro city gov't

Cagayan de Oro City (27 November) -- THE City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has proposed the granting of honorarium next year for the 10 out of 43 self-help day care workers who are not presently receiving the P2,400 monthly honorarium from the City Government of Cagayan de Oro.

This was disclosed by CSWDO Officer-In-Charge Marisa M. Tagarda in clarifying reports that the City Government is allegedly not looking into the sad plight of some of the city's day care workers.

"Wala nato gipasagdan nga matagaan og honorarium ang 43 ka mga day care workers. That is why we had already proposed to initially grant honorarium for the 10 out of 43 day care workers in next year's budget," Tagarda explained.

"The rest will be recommended in the next calendar year on a staggered basis considering the budgetary constraints of the City Government," she added.

In a letter recently addressed to City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula through Acting City Administrator Griscelda M. Joson, Tagarda formally requested for inclusion in the 2009 budget the granting of the P2,400 monthly honorarium from the City Government for each 10 day care workers.

The Acting City Social Welfare and Development Officer asked for the granting of honorarium after noting that the 43 self-help day care workers are only receiving a meager honorarium ranging from P150 to P500 a month from their respective barangay councils.

The matter at hand is now up for deliberation and consideration with the Local Finance Committee chaired by City Treasurer Lino D. Daral, according to the CSWDO chief.

Tagarda, however, pointed out that the 43 day care workers would be subjected to the usual pre-qualification process to check whether they pass the qualification standards set by the CSWDO prior to the granting of the monthly honorarium.

To qualify to receive the city's P2,400 monthly stipend, a day care worker must handle at least 25 to 30 pre-school children during the morning and afternoon sessions; had undergone the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) training; and must be at least college level.

The CSWDO set the qualification standards in line with the thrust of City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula to professionalize and improve the implementation in the delivery of basic early childhood education to pre-schoolers in the city.

To date, there are 163 day care workers in Cagayan de Oro, 15 of which are city-paid (regular day care workers), 105 are self-help day care workers with honorarium from the city government, while 43 are self-help day care workers who are not receiving monthly honorarium from the city. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]

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