Lobregat honors day care workers with cash rewards PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 June 2012 14:21

After a fitting recognition and tribute event for day care workers who served the city for 25 years and above, the city government through Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday handed over cash rewards as a show of gratitude and appreciation for their tireless efforts in early childhood care and development.

The distribution rite, held at the City Hall conference was attended by 15 day care workers who have made early childhood care and development as their career for the last 25 years and beyond.

Mayor Lobregat, assisted by City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo and staff from the City Treasurer’s Office, distributed the cash gifts to the loyal volunteers individually in a simple ceremony.

“This is the first time that the city government is giving recognition to day care workers who served over 25 years,” the mayor told City Hall reporters after the distribution rite. “These day care workers are like volunteers, they render services with or without remuneration”.

The chief executive said the day care workers are worthy of admiration for they enjoy taking care of children despite the low pay and the exhausting work.

Since improving the city’s finances in 2007, Mayor Lobregat has increased day care workers’ monthly allowance to P1,000 or  five times more than the allowance given when he assumed mayor in 2004. The amount is over and above the allowance being provided by the barangay councils where they serve.
Day care workers are responsible for planning and implementing a program to care for young children. Their duties include entertaining, educating and feeding children, changing diapers, cleaning the day care center which is most of the time made of light materials and communicating with the parents. Day care wards include infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers or school-age children brought to the center before or after school.

City Social Welfare and development officer Barredo said the city government operates 234 day care centers spread out in the different barangays.

During the Day Care Workers’ Week two weeks ago, the city government prepared a series of activities that was highlighted by the conferment of recognition awards to day care workers who served 25 years or more. — Sheila Covarrubias