Celso underscores need to use chabacano in day care centers PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 August 2012 15:05

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday underscored anew the need to promote, preserve and propagate the use of chabacano in early childhood education particularly in day care centers in the city.

The mayor stressed this point during the orientation and mass oath-taking of the 234 out of school youth and in-school youth hired by the City Government for the Government Internship Program, Saturday, which also marked the youth’s first day of work.

The GIP, a nationwide program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the local government unit, is intended to initiate the youth to public service. The same program seeks to serve as a recruitment mechanism for potential public employees.

Mayor Lobregat said the GIP workers who will mostly be tasked to assist in the day care centers operated by the city government, will have to use the chabacano not only to help preserve and promote the language but also support the DEPED’s Mother-Tongue Based Multi-Lingual Education program in the K-12 program.

He reiterated that chabacano, a Spanish derivative language, makes Zamboanga unique and distinct not only in the country but entire Asia. The chabacano language reflects the city’s rich and colourful history and is the reason for the branding “Asia’s Latin City”, he said.

The mayor likewise urged the GIP workers to put to heart the oath of office for government employees that the latter recited during the orientation and mass oath taking yesterday. He said as government workers, the GIP youth should exhaust all means to best serve the public.

On the other hand, he expressed elation on the way the selection of the GIP workers was done—through a selection committee which rigidly reviewed and assessed the qualifications of the over 300 applications.

The committee, headed by City Social Welfare officer Francisco Barredo, is composed of the City Health Officer or his duly authorized representative, City Schools Division Superintendent or his representative, duly authorized representative for the DSWD link and duly authorized representative from the City mayor’s Office as members.

The interview/ selection was done July 20 at City Hall.

Barredo said Zamboanga City has an allocation for 234 GIP interns—24 of which will be deployed to appropriate local departments or offices and 210 will be assigned to the 210 day care centers operated by the city.

The GIP workers will perform functions related to the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, KALAHI-CIDSS program, Social Pension for indigent senior citizens, supplementary feeding program and cash for work/disaster risk reduction and management program.

Each worker will work for 10 days and will receive a daily compensation of P267.

Meanwhile, Barredo said another 234 out of school youths will be hired to undertake cash for work program, also under the GIP and will receive a maximum compensation of P20,000 depending on the type of training they will undertake.

A total of 94 courses will be offered varying from manicure/ pedicure to carpentry, automotive and mason. — Sheila Covarrubia