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MP approves aid to daycare workers

by L. Lopez

Bontoc, Mt. Province (13 February) -- Gov. Maximo B. Dalog recently approved an ordinance institutionalizing the aid to the province's 285 daycare workers as support to the program.

Ordinance No. 91 mandates the provincial government to provide P1,000 yearly honorium to every day care worker in the province starting January this year even as the province had released financial aid to these workers for the past two years.

Mary Minger of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) said the amount augments the average monthly honorarium of P1,500 per daycare worker depending on the financial capability of host barangays.

For low-income barangays, a minimal "participation fee" of P20-50 per month is asked from parents, while for municipalities with higher income, augmentation is given from the municipal fund for day care workers' honoraria. In some municipalities, day care workers receive monthly allowance of less than P1,500, Minger said.

According to Minger, the PSWDO is now conducting accreditation of day care centers making them more responsive to the needs of young children aging 3-4.

"We do this to assure that learning materials and health facilities of the centers are put in place and that day care workers should have enough training on early teaching skills as well as in the preparation of required documents for the children's growth", Minger said.

She explained that they need this in the monitoring so that they can in-put improvements in the operation of day care centers to meet the standards required by the head office.

Minger said their office is done with the municipalities of Besao and Tadian with 21 and 31 day care centers, respectively. Next in their target is the town of Bauko. She informed that they wait for the recommendation of Municipal Social Welfare and Development officers, who screen qualified day care centers in the area, before the accreditation team from the PSWDO comes in.

Day care centers are established by the Department of Social Welfare and Development throughout the country to provide early learning under a 3-1/2 hour session per day to young children before they enter pre-school. (PIA) [top]

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