By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
IN a bid to prepare preschoolers for school, Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista recently signed an ordinance enhancing the city’s Barangay Day Care Center program, it was learned yesterday.
Bautista said City Ordinance 2683-2018 or the “Barangay Day Care Center Enhancement Program of Quezon City” ensures that children aged four and below will be ready to enter the formal learning system that begins at kindergarten.
Introduced by Councilors Alexis R. Herrera, Raquel S. Malañgen, Franz S. Pumaren, and Godofredo T. Liban II, the ordinance mandates the Quezon City government to promote and maintain equality of access to education as well as to basic educational materials given to the barangay day care students as the child’s learning capacity, personal, and social interaction will grow and develop when he/she reaches the age of five.
“While parents have the primary responsibility to provide for their children’s physical, emotional, psychological, mental and social needs, barangay day care service aims to supplement the inability of some parents to provide their children with the proper care and home environment,” Malañgen said.
She also said the city government will provide the pupils with school and physical education uniforms, workbooks and textbooks, school bags and school supplies, school shoes, rain coats and boots, and re-writable pads. Hygiene kits, educational toy box, manuals, and other miscellaneous needs will also be given to the children.
It will also assure that the Day care centers will be equipped with audio-visual and instructional materials that will help ensure better learning for the young enrollees, Malañgen added.
According to Bautista, a technical working group (TWG) led by the City Administrator will also be established through the ordinance. The Liga ng mga Barangay will implement the ordinance together with the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) as the secretariat and supervising agency.
The Liga ng mga Barangay will submit documents and data of the day care centers to the TWG that will determine the additional materials and equipment needed, he said, adding that “all purchases for this ordinance will be in accordance with Republic Act No. 9184, otherwise known as the ‘Government Procurement Reform Act.’”