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PIA Press Release
Friday, October 07, 2011

DSWD promotes ‘Supervised Neighborhood Play’ in evacuation centers during disasters

by Thelma C. Bicarme

TUGUEGARAO CITY, October 7 (PIA) -- In line with its mandate to promote the welfare of children, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in region 2 has enjoined all Day Care Workers (DCWs) to conduct Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) in all the 67 evacuation centers in the four provinces with children aged 0-6 while inside the evacuation centers.

Regional Dir. Arnel B. Garcia said during disaster times, the SNP program serves as a means for the children to strengthen and sustain their interest in various enrichment activities even if they are inside evacuation centers.

Garcia added the SNP program is a neighborhood community-based early childhood care development for children 6 years and below. It utilizes play as an approach in providing early stimulation activities that are developmentally appropriate for each target areas of children in the community.

“Since Region 02 is a child-friendly region, it is then our advocacy for social workers and DCWs to conduct supervised neighborhood play in all evacuation centers in our aim for a child-friendly and gender sensitive evacuation centers,” Garcia said.

Meantime, Nida M. Cinco, 45 years old and one of the day care workers who conducted supervised neighborhood play in an evacuation center in Barangay Dadda, Amulung, Cagayan said the enrichment activities such as variety of plays and games, guided exercise and other learning opportunities are a big help for the children.

Cinco also shared that for five days, she taught 16 children inside the evacuation center with different songs, simple poems, storytelling, games and other child appropriate activities that could be applied by their parents when they go back to their homes after the flooding. (TCB/PIA 2)

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