DAY CARE CENTERS IN ILOILO
The project dubbed as “Bayanihan Para sa Musmos na Kabataan” continued to help residents in remote and poor barangays in Iloilo province to rehabilitate and upgrade day care centers.
Few weeks before the start of the school year, marginalized farmers’ representative in Congress AAMBIS-Owa Party-list, again, mobilized parents, social workers, youth volunteers, and Barangay officials to help in the project. Together, they hiked hilly terrains and crossed rivers to get to locations of the child care facilities.
“The patrons of these day care centers are mostly poor farmers who entrust their children to social workers before they leave to till farm lands throughout the day. AAMBIS-Owa would like to make sure that the kids of our farmers get adequate learning and care they deserve,” AAMBIS-Owa Party-list Rep. Sharon S. Garin said.
The five (5) day care centers located in Brgy. Nito-an Lupsag, Brgy. Bacong, Brgy. Balantad-Carlos Fruto, Brgy. Bongol San Vicente, and Brgy. Cabasi in Guimbal, Iloilo are the beneficiaries of the Bayanihan this May.
AAMBIS-Owa Party-list donated toys, television sets, DVD players, electric fans, painting materials, and carpentry materials to the day care centers. The parents and barangay officials provided the manpower for the carpentry and painting of the day care centers. They also provided snacks for the working groups.
The local government unit of Guimbal also contributed additional toys, carpentry materials, and educational materials, while the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided kitchen and eating utensils. In addition, the DSWD provide technical assistance to the day care center workers.
Hundreds of day care pupils—infants to four-year-olds—in the different parts of Western Visayas are the beneficiaries of the Bayanihan Project.
Previously, Day Care improvement activities were held in December 2014. It were held in March this year and benefited 15 day care centers.
All local government units (LGUs) nationwide are mandated by Republic Act 6972 (Barangay Level Total Development and Protection of Children Act) to establish at least one day care center in every barangay. As of 2013, there are 52, 665 day care centers nationwide. /MP