SEVERAL daycare workers in some barangays in Cebu City expressed worries after reports reached them that they will be replaced this month.
Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president Philip Zafra said several day care workers sought his assistance on the matter after they heard that they will no longer be allowed to teach in the barangays unless they secure an endorsement from the barangay mayor’s office.
The barangay mayor’s offices in the villages are run by City Hall.
The matter prompted Zafra to call for a conference with representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS), who are in charge of the day care workers, and other barangay captains last Thursday.
“There are reports that the day care workers have until June 30 and they will be replaced with new ones. That’s why we called for a conference because we wanted to be enlightened on the matter,” Zafra told SunStar Cebu.
Zafra said they were informed that there will be changes in the daycare system in the barangays to upgrade the basic education that they have been giving to the children.
“We have no problem with that because it will be good for our children but it should not be implemented right there and then because our workers will have to prepare also,” he said.
To further discuss the matter, Zafra said they will set another meeting next week with Councilor Joy Augustus Young and DSWS chief Lea Japson.
After the meeting, Zafra said they agreed with DSWS, represented by Flora Baring, that they will consider the request of ABC.
Zafra said some of the daycare workers have been working in the barangays for 20 years already. (RVC)