PIA News Service - Friday, October 4, 2013

DSWD 13 recognizes Butuan GAD day care center as outstanding DCC

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga has recently accredited Butuan City Gender and Development (GAD) Learning and Resource Day Care Center (DCC) as one of the outstanding DCCs operating in the region and acknowledged its day care workers as “highly competent” Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) service provider.

DSWD is mandated to accredit DCCs and Day Care Workers (DCWs) for children below three to five years by virtue of Republic Act 8980 or the Early Childhood Care and Development Act, and Executive Order No. 221 series of 2003 to enhance the standards and effectiveness of DCCs and DCWs.

Liz Pontimar, city DCC district supervisor said that the accreditation made by DSWD used “new assessment tool” which aims to define capacity of DCWs and DCC in the effective delivery of ECCD program especially on the protection and promotion of the best interest of preschool children availing day care service while promoting accountability in the implementation of the service to the community and in the workplace.

Based on the certificate of accreditation number ECCDCBP-030-13 issued by the DSWD Caraga dated April 19 and signed by Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli, the said DCC was recognized of its “Outstanding compliance set in the implementation of the Early Childhood Care and Development of the Center-based Programs.”

Fe Techavez-Labitad, day care in-charge said that such accreditation, which is valid for five years is one of the most significant accomplishments that the center has achieved.

She also bared that only two DCCs out of more than 86 DCCs in the city had acquired the outstanding category of accreditation. These are the GAD learning resource DCC and the Barangay Los Angeles DCC.

The Butuan GAD learning resource DCC is a workplace based day care center who has been serving school children aged two to five years old. It has three teaching staff composed of one head DCC worker and two teacher aids. Its areas of child development emphasized on the seven domain and multiple intelligence approach.

“As of May 1979 to date, our DCC had served some 860 pre-schoolers. Some of them are already professional and working at the city hall and some are employed to private establishment while others are now working abroad,” Labitad said.

"This achievement was realized with the support of city government thru Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr, City Administrator Leah Mendoza, City Economic Enterprise Department Manager Ruth Jugao for the building renovation and all other support that contribute to the completion of the building repair," Labitad added.

She was also thankful to Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD) Chief Aldeberan Mordeno and CSWD Operations Chief Jocelyn Loquite for the technical trainings and constant monitoring of the implementation of the day care service, and to the day care parents and fellow DCWs who have actively participated and meaningfully contributed to the success.

Along with the accreditation of the city GAD learning center, the DSWD Caraga also acknowledged Labitad as the “highly competent performer in the implementation of the Early Childhood Care and Development of the Center-based Programs” based on the certificate of accreditation number ECCDSP-032-13 for the ECCD service provider.

Labitad has been the DCC worker since 1979 under the City Social Welfare and Development Office. She is the founding president of the Regional Day Care Federation in Caraga established in sometimes in 1996 up to 2010 and was the third president of the Butuan DCC Workers Association which was founded in 1982. (JSN/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD-Caraga reveals winners of 2013 Search for Talentadong Pamilyang Pilipino

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) – In line with this year’s National Filipino Family Week celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga conducted the 2013 Search for ‘Talentadong Pamilyang Pilipino’ (Talented Filipino Family) held recently at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

The contestants were the selected family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) representing the five provinces of Caraga region.

Nerisa Murih, Social Welfare Officer V and Asst. Regional Director for Administration of DSWD-Caraga said, this is the first time for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to join the said search as agreed by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Filipino Families.

“The Search for Talentadong Pamilyang Pilipino 2013 aims to encourage beneficiaries of 4Ps in the region to come out from their shells and show off their talents. Let us all remember that the family is the basic unit of society, it is where the molding of character and educating of children begin. The values that we uphold in the family also contribute to the kind of society that we have,” Murih added.  

The criteria for judging are as follows: Team Work – 40%; Stage Presence – 10%; Creativity – 20%; and Relevance to the theme – 30%, a total of 100%. The winners received the plaques of appreciation and cash prizes.

The Enso family representing Bunawan, Agusan del Sur received the first prize; Patalinghog family of Tandag City, Surigao del Sur received the second prize; Conde family of Siargao, Surigao del Norte – third prize; Carbonilla family of Butuan City – 4th prize; and Bracho family of Province of Dinagat Islands - 5th prize.

Presidential Proclamation No. 60 dated September 28, 1992, declared the observance of the National Filipino Family Week on the last week of September of every year thereafter. This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Unity Across Generations: A Strong Family, A Strong Society.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Day care workers ask more gov’t support

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) – Day care workers (DCWs) here have been requesting the government support for their security of tenure, increased honorarium and benefits.

Lourdes Moron, a regular DCW of Barangay Pagatpatan Day Care Center and the Day Care Federation vice president, in an interview, bared that the city government has been supporting their significant activities, however majority of the barangay DCWs in the city are still honorarium-based.

“Out of 116 DCWs in the city, only 13 are regular while the rest are honorarium-based. All DCWs in the city receive monthly honorarium at P2,000.00 aside from the honorarium they received with varied amount ranging from P600.00 to P3,000.00 each DCW from the barangays where they are assigned. However, such monthly allowance do not actually suffice the needs of their families,” Moran said.

“The services that honorarium-paid day care workers have rendered are not compensated with commensurate pay. Those who have been in a long period of service do not receive any compensatory benefits. Unlike their counterpart in some public and private institutions who receive separation pay, pension or gratuity benefits when they’re no longer working as preschool teacher. In other cities, they provided monetary assistance to the honorarium-based DCW that compensated to their services in their barangay. We wish that the plight our day care workers on the increase of honorarium will be realized through this administration and with the help of Councillor Ferdie Nalcot, the social services committee chair,” she added.

Moron said that majority of DCW are not regular employees of the LGUs, hence they can be easily removed from office.

“In order to have a good quality service implementation, we appeal to the city government to uphold the working condition of day care workers and be protected from any political harassment and discrimination,” Moron emphasized.

Fe Labitad, DCW in-charge of the Gender and Development Learning Resource Day Care Center said that although the honorarium recently received by the city DCWs is higher than those stipulated in Barangay-Level Total Development and Protection of Children Act (Republic Act 6972). “It is sad to say that it does not satisfy the economic requirements to have quality living DCWs," she said.

Labitad, however, revealed that the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has already endorsed to the Sangguniang Panlungsod the increase of P500 to the current DCWs monthly allowance.

“Since some of the DCWs are already serving 20 to 30 years, we are pushing to get the regular item for our DCWs with the help of CSWDO. We are still anticipating favourable action from the city government for the benefits of our DCWs who have been providing quality services for the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government,” Labitad added. (JSN/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Caraga presents SORA

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Region presented its State of the Region Address (SORA) on September 20, 2013 at the DSWD office, this city.

DSWD regional director Minda B. Brigoli initiated the presentation of SORA that highlighted the accomplishments of the Field Office on the implementation of social protection programs, projects and services such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), National Household Targeting Program for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, and Social Pension.

Also, during the event, Supplementary Feeding Program, Recovery and Reintegration Program of Trafficked Persons (RRPTP), Program and Services  for Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Programs, Projects and Activities, Convergence Strategy, DSWD Vision, Mission, Values, and Strategic Goals were also presented.

The press conference and distribution of certificates of accreditation to Day care workers and day care centers, and distribution of certificates of registration and license to operate for NGOs also conducted after the SORA.

Partner NGOs, national agencies, day care workers and CSWDO staff of Butuan City, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, and the media attended the SORA. (DSWD/PIA-Caraga)