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Support facilities for Capiz ECCD upgraded

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (7 December) -- To provide better services under the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program, facilities have been upgraded in Capiz.

After a year of program implementation in the five ECCD pilot towns in Capiz, nine day care centers were already upgraded and 9 other barangay health stations were repaired and rehabilitated.

Nieva Camposano, Provincial ECCD Officer of Capiz said that medical equipments for the health facilities as well as program materials for the use of day care children were also purchased.

Camposano said that aside from the infrastructure development and supplies and materials augmentation, capability building and enhancement activities were also conducted for service providers.

Director Lina Laigo of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), who was here during the two-day year-end Program Implementation Review (PIR), commended the various municipal ECCD coordinating committees from five towns for "doing good" in their implementation.

Laigo said that Capiz is one of the best ECCD program implementors in the country based on the accomplishment reports and validation conducted earlier by the ECCD national and regional evaluation team.

To sustain the program, Laigo has urged for public support and active participation, particularly from the barangay and municipal levels for the welfare of the children in the community.

The ECCD program, which covers children zero to six years old, focuses health and nutrition, early childhood or pre-school education and other issues affecting said children.

Strengthening of the pre-school education has been one of the concerns of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as she is confident that Congress would approve the P2-billion allocation for said pre-school education for 2008.

The President noted that her administration has quadrupled its annual allocation for public pre-school education from P500 million each for 2006 and 2007 to a total of P2 billion for 2008 to attain "universal coverage" of the country's five-year-old youths. (PIA)[top]

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