EDITORIAL: Magna Carta of Day Care Workers

The country’s 84,000 Day Care Workers are bound to get access to financial and economic benefits as well as continuous development through skills training, knowledge enhancement, and scholarship opportunities.

This can be expected with the impending passage of the Magna Carta of Day Care Workers in Congress. The House of Representatives has recently approved unanimously on third and final reading the Magna Carta of Day Care Workers bill as embodied on House Bill 6550. The measure aims to improve the social and economic well-being of day care workers.

The bill provides for the creation of at least one Day Care Worker I and one Day Care Worker II plantilla positions — entitled to Salary Grade 6 and Salary Grade 8, respectively — in all day care centers nationwide. The bill states that day care workers shall receive additional compensation, such as overtime pay, hazard allowance and subsistence allowance. HB 6550 also provides that all day care workers shall automatically become members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Pag-IBIG, and PhilHealth.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in coordination with Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), will be mandated to provide skills training and knowledge enhancement.

With the bill’s passage, the development of Day Care Workers will likewise ensure that the delivery of social services to the people.