Philippines: UNICEF assists construction/rehab of day-care centers in Bicol

Report
from Government of the Philippines
Published on 12 Aug 2008 View Original
by EE Jerusalem

Legazpi City (12 August) - The kind and quality of care given during the first six years of life determine what a child will be as a youth or as an adult.

Parents have the primary responsibility to provide this care but many parents, however, are not able to provide their children with proper home surroundings for some reasons such as being a working couple, emotionally immature parents, or having a poor environment.

This situation led to the establishment of Day-Care Service by the government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Day-Care Service is an arrangement whereby substitute mothering is provided to neglected or potentially neglected pre-school children during part of the day when mothers cannot attend to them.

The DSWD in Bicol reports that Bicol has 4,003 day care centers covering 3,129 barangays. However, the wrath of Typhoons Reming and Milenyo in 2006 brought damages to numerous day- care centers in the region depriving the pre-school children of good day-care facilities.

In response to this need, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has extended emergency support for the construction and rehabilitation of 50 day- care centers in the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon and Catanduanes. Each center has an allocation of P260,000 and this is for the purchase of construction materials. The labor is the counterpart of the respective local government unit.

To date, the construction of 12 day care centers is completed and about four day-care centers has been inaugurated and turned-over to the local government unit. These are in the municipalities of Libon, Tiwi and Oas, all in Albay.

DSWD Bicol regional director Remia T. Tapispisan led the inauguration and turn-over of the day-care centers to Mayors Agnes Dycoco of Libon, Mayor Jaime C. Villanueva of Tiwi and Mayor Gregorio Ricarte of Oas. (DSWD/PIA)