Child development workers ask for pay hike-A A +A
Sunday, September 30, 2012
THE Child Development Workers (CDWs) under the Department of Social Services and Development of Bacolod City requested for an increase in their honoraria from the current P3,000 to P4,500 per month.
In their letter to Mayor Evelio Leonardia dated September 24, 2012, the CDWs said the increase is provided under Article VII, Section 2, Compensation for Child Development Workers of City Ordinance No. 347 which was approved and took effect on November 20, 2003.
Their letter was also coursed through Councilor Em Ang, chair of the City Council Committee on Social Services, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, chair of the SP Committee on Family and Child Care, Committee on Labor and Management Relation, and acting DSSD head Sally Abelarde.
The CDWs said their appeal is prompted by the fact that they could hardly make both ends meet now, even to answer for a modest and simple demand of living a decent family life, in the light of the present increases in the cost of living brought about by the prevailing economic crisis.
They said the meager amount of P100 per day of P3,000 per month honoraria they used to receive from the city in accordance with the ordinance is already heavily tied up with the recent increases in the cost of public transportation while commuting and attending to the demands and the delivery of basic services to the hard-hit and poverty stricken and less fortunate families and children in the different puroks and barangays.
"The demand for the parents-children continuing psychosocial development and education on care giving had become a necessity to lessen if not avert adverse and negative impact on the future of our community,” they added.
The CDW said that, in the processing and facilitating a one-on-one and small group neighborhood-based parent-child meetings, workshop sessions and play groups, they sometimes have to shell-out voluntarily from their pockets small amount of money to buy some tokens, materials and other emergency needs.
“These we all do at our own initiative to be effective and to be able to deliver the needed services to the community,” they said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 01, 2012.