A CITY councilor proposed an ordinance that will strengthen and institutionalize Bacolod City's Day Care Service and Early Childhood Care and Development programs and services.

"Day care center workers are not casual plantilla employees and they receive only an honorarium of P3,000 per month. This amount has remained unchanged since 2003," said Councilor Em Ang, chairperson of the committee on social services and gender and development.

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The present cost of living in the country is steadily and rapidly increasing due to the high cost of basic commodities. Because of this, all employees in government service enjoy yearly increases in their salary due to the Salary Standardization Law.

Yet the honorarium of these selfless day care center workers who nurture the city's young children has not changed with the times, said Ang.

With this, Ang proposed to increase the honorarium from P3,000 to P4,000, saying the workers very well deserve an increase.

Day care center workers single-handedly take care of more or less 50 pre-school children per class everyday. They teach one class in the morning and another class in the afternoon.

Their services normally exceed the normal eight working hours every day because they also have to do the housekeeping and clean up of the center and prepare the activity and lesson plans for the following day. (Carla N. Cañet)