Lingayen – About 600 Day Care Workers from various parts of Pangasinan will converge at the Sison Auditorium, here, on June 4-5 for the 4th Day Care Workers’ Provincial Convention hosted by the provincial government led by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.
Said convention organized by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWDO) in partnership with Provincial Day Care Workers’ Federation of Pangasinan (PDCWFP) is anchored on enhancing the capabilities of day care workers for them to better cater to the holistic development of children.
The following topics will be discussed by invited experts during the two-day activity: Republic Act 7610 “Special Protection of Children against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act,” Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers, Your Health! It Really Matters, and DepEd Orders and Related Laws for Pre-Schoolers.
Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. has been invited to grace the convention’s opening ceremonies on June 4 as keynote speaker while Board Member Amado I. Espino, III, Liga ng mga Barangay Provincial President, will join the day care workers as guest of honor and speaker for a socialization activity on the evening of June 4.
Meanwhile, Myrna Celeste, PSWDO Focal Person on Child Welfare Programs, said that the present provincial administration fully supports the promotion of child care and development as she cited that the Provincial Child Care and Development Center (PCCDC), caters to children of provincial government employees ages 2-4 years old.
“We mainly provide child care and conduct socialization activities for the children and at the same time, we also teach them (for their development) while their parents are at work,” she added.
The PCCDC is housed in PSWDO’s Crisis Intervention Center or Bahay Pag-asa located beside Lingayen Community Hospital, Celeste said.
Celeste stressed that with the support of Governor Espino, a new building for Bahay Pag-asa was constructed, and trainings for various sectors in the community have been given priority attention.
The Bahay Pag-asa provides shelter, assistance and counseling to abused women and children.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca