With the theme, “Sa Pagpapa-unlad at Pagbabago ng Kabataan, Child Development Worker na may Malasakit ang Kailangan,” at least 650 day care workers from 50 local government units in the Province of Cebu gathered at the Capitol Social Hall for the kickoff of the 3rd Provincial Day Care Workers Week.
This event, organized by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), together with the Day Care Workers Federation Cebu Province, aims to empower and inspire the province’s day care workers as they play a vital role in shaping the younger generation of Cebuanos.
During the activity, Provincial Board (PB) Member Christopher Baricuatro, chairperson of the PB committee on education, announced to the day care workers present the approved P10-million allocation for the improvement of the provincial day care centers.
He also asked the day care workers to collaborate with him, through the Day Care Workers Federation Cebu Province, for ways on how the Provincial Government can help improve early childhood care and development (ECCD).
Cash incentives from PSWDO were also given to 200 day care workers who have served for 25 years and above.
Emerita Catulpos, 56, a day care worker for 28 years, thanked the Provincial Government for giving day care workers a chance to improve their instructional materials.
“Magamit jud namo ang pondo para sa bag-o na mga gamit sa amo day care centers labi na kay bag-o balik ang klase (We can use the budget to buy new things for our day care centers especially since classes have already started),” Catulpos said.
Flordemie Villar, an ECCD trainer, also conducted a lecture on day care center management.
Villar shared to fellow day care workers the different child behavior guidance techniques, as well as the different child protection policies every day care worker must be aware of.
Half of the day was allotted for the first day care workers folk dance competition wherein 13 LGUs presented their own take on different Philippine folk dances.
The City of Carcar landed first place, followed by the Municipality of Oslob, and the Municipality of Asturias.
The activity ended with an inspirational message from PSWDO head Marivic Racho-Garces, reminding the day care workers that the success of their day care children reflects on the learning environment of their centers.
Garces also assured the day care workers that PSWDO will conduct district conferences to know more of the needs of the different day care workers across the province.