DIWA advocates for the approval of Magna Carta for Day Care Workers

On November 21, 2017 the House of Representatives approved on its third and final reading House Bill No. 6550 establishing a Magna Carta for Day Care Workers. The Magna Carta will further institutionalize and strengthen the State mandated establishment of Day Care Centers under Republic Act Nos. 6972 and 10410.

DIWA Party-list Representative Hon. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar is an advocate of the welfare of children and the rights of workers and one of the principal authors who supports the approval of the Magna Carta for Day Care Workers.

On November 23, 2017, Cong. Em attended the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Forum in Cebu City to represent her mother-in-law Sen. Cynthia Villar as keynote speaker on Magna Carta for Day Care Workers. In her speech, she noted that –

 “Day care workers are responsible for providing not only pre-school training, because like other school environments, day care centers serve as second family environment. Our pre-school children spend a good amount of time, not less than three hours at any given day, in their care. For much older children, even longer in the company of their teachers in school.”

The Magna Carta for Day Care Workers aims to ensure that children in their early formative years shall receive quality early education and social development services.

Further recognizing the vital roles of day care workers in the formation of the well-being of the future generation,  the Magna Carta grants benefits and privileges to improve the social and economic welfare of day care workers in all government day care centers.  The bill provides for the creation of plantilla positions for day care workers nationwide granting them security of tenure as well as standardized salary grade, working hours, additional compensation and allowances, and social security benefits from the GSIS , Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth, among others.

The Bill also mandates the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) to provide the funding for the program along with the Special Education Fund of LGUs, national government subsidy for poorer municipalities, and the contribution of the PAGCOR to the Early Childhood Care and Development Council.

A similar Bill filed by Sen. Villar granting Magna Carta for Day Care Workers is currently pending before the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development.

With the approval of HB 6550 by the House of Representatives, DIWA is optimistic that the Senate will expedite their deliberation on the Magna Carta for Day Care Workers.