Child Development Workers to Avail Social Protection Benefits

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang leads the unveiling of social protection benefits to Child Development Workers in Davao Oriental

DAVAO ORIENTAL—Child Development Workers of this province are entitled to social security benefits and incentive awards through the Provincial Ordinance No. 15.

Enacted on August 16, the total allotted budget for the honorarium of Child Development Workers (CDWs) has been increased from last year’s P 1.06 million to P 1.2 million this year.

The SSS contribution of the 427 CWDs here will be subsidized by the provincial government at a monthly rate of P330.00 per person.  Payable for ten years, the Annual Financial Assistance which sums up to P1.6 million will be granted through the Provincial CDW Association.

Meanwhile, aiming to further enhance the services of daycare workers as partners in local development, the Provincial Government is set to award cash incentives to distinguished CDWs annually.

Outstanding CDW of the year will receive P10,000 cash incentive and a plaque of recognition.

CDWs who obtained satisfactory performance based on the assessment conducted by the Local Social Welfare and Development Office in every city or municipality for at least six (6) months period will be given P3,000 cash incentive.

On the other hand, CDWs who has completed at least 15 years of continuous and satisfactory services will get P5,000 cash as a loyalty award, including a plaque of appreciation.

Under the ordinance, the provincial government has also appropriated fund for 60 to 65-year-old retirees to receive P15,000 cash incentive and a plaque of appreciation after rendering at least 15 years of satisfactory services.

Other social privileges include free legal representation and consultation services from the Provincial Legal Office should a CDW encounters any legal problem in performing his duties as CDW; free medical examinations in any hospital that is owned, operated and managed by the provincial government; free use of provincial government facilities for Provincial CDW Association official activities; and free skills and livelihood training in cooperation with DSWD, TESDA and other local and national government agencies.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang said that the promulgation of the Provincial Ordinance No. 15 is in recognition of the contribution of CDWs in the holistic development of children. “Pre-school education is the foundation of the children’s education and your role as their first teachers are indispensable. I am aware of your sacrifices in handling children who are only at 3 to 4 years old that is why we in the provincial government will reciprocate your effort through these privileges”, he said during the fellowship night with CDWs.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang

Governor Dayanghirang who strongly pushed for the approval of the ordinance, acknowledged technical consultant on social welfare Evelyn Vallar who worked with him in drafting the proposal, Board Member Anacleto Macatabog who authored the ordinance as the Chairman of the Committee on Social Services and Finance, as well as Vice Governor Niño Sotero Uy and the rest of the local legislators for their support for the project.3

Sharon Porlares, Administrative Head of SSS Mati said that Provincial Ordinance No. 15 does not only “provide meaningful social protection for Child Development Workers in time of unforeseen contingencies like sickness and disability or retirement” but also “affords self-respect and pride that they will not become a burden to their family and their community in time of contingencies”. 

Aside from these “early Christmas gifts from the governor”, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Head Sarah Gudes said that the approval of the Magna Carta of Day Care Workers in the Congress “is another feat to celebrate”. Through the Magna Carta, plantilla positions will be created throughout the province. This will end the status of social workers here of having only one permanent daycare worker out of 427 workers in all 329 government accredited daycare centers of this province.

“This is a manifestation that the government recognizes your noble efforts in handling our 3-4 years old pre-schooler in the daycare centers. With this privilege and benefits, we, daycare workers should also show that we are worthy of these by showing excellence in handling the pre-school children”, she said. By Riza M. Golez

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