STARTING January next year, all day care center teachers in the barangays will be directly hired by the City Government.
City Councilor Joy Augustus Young said they wanted to professionalize them and allow them to get bigger pay.
The matter, he said, already has the approval of Mayor Tomas Osmeña.
At present, the barangays pay the day care teachers, with the City giving its counterpart.
From P6,000 in the previous years, the City’s counterpart was increased to P8,000.
But with the increase, some qualifications were also added. These include that day care teachers should be at least college level.
Young will also propose that they will go through the ranking system of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Young said that if the teachers will be directly hired by the City, they will receive P10,000.
“Our decision is not political because we want to professionalize the daycare workers for them to become real teachers,” Young said.
He said that the early years of the child are important, so quality education should be given.
Right now, the City has 200 day care centers and teachers in all the barangays.
Some of the barangays have more than one center due to a high number of pupils.
Young said the ideal number of day care centers is 300 and the City will add more in the coming years.
Aside from the education and ranking requirements, Young will also propose that day care teachers should not teach in their own barangays but in the neighboring barangays.
So far, they’ve been teaching in their areas since they were directly hired by their barangay captains.
Young said he will soon be calling a meeting with DSWD to inform them on the matter.
“Pwede man wagtangon ang day care. But I don’t want to do that because ang atong buhaton is, it will be jointly managed with DSWS and DepEd,” he said.
Young said the City has not terminated any service of the day care teachers, but three of them stopped teaching because one has to pursue her education while the other two opted to end their service.