BULACAN -- The 37th Regional Assembly of Day Care Workers, with the theme “Child Development Workers (CDW): Co-Leadership to the Good Future of Youth,” was held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium over the week.
According to Director Gemma B. Gabuya of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Luzon, the CDWs contribute to youth development, which is one of the priorities of the department.
Presidential Decree 603 or Child and Youth Welfare Code states that the government recognizes the rights of children.
“Our law values children because they are the next generation,” she said.
At present, there are 4,175 accredited CDWs in Central Luzon. This is proof that the quality of CDWs in the region increases, Gabuya said.
Although the Magna Carta for Day Care Workers has not been passed, some local and provincial governments have started initiatives to provide them with benefits.
The president of the Regional Federation of Day Care Workers, Jocelyn Rimas, has promised to lobby for the passage of the law.
Marites de los Trinos, President of the CDWs in the province of Aurora, shared their excellent program for children with special needs. The purpose of their program is to serve these children via the services provided by Day Care Centers.
In another report, 79 local government units in the region will be provided with funds for the Supplemental Feeding Program.
“We will work together for the successful implementation of the Supplemental Feeding,” Elena Carreon, Regional Nutritionist of DSWD Central Visayas, said.
Approximately 2,500 CDWs from seven provinces of Central Luzon attended significant activity. (PR)