Press Release
August 22, 2019

Revilla to push for regularization of day care workers

Daycare Workers all over the country will soon become regular government employees.

This is the main objective of Senate Bill No. 299 or the Magna Carta for Daycare Workers filed by Sen. Bong Revilla. If passed into law, the veteran senator's bill shall also guarantee all day care workers security of tenure, a living wage and social benefits, cost of living allowance, hazard pay, overtime pay, and trainings, among others.

The proposal was tackled during the public hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Social Justice on Tuesday, Aug. 20. A technical working group was formed to work on the proposed measure.

In the Philippines, Daycare Centers were institutionalized through Republic Act No. 6972, also known as the Barangay-Level Total Development and Protection of Children Act, and Republic Act No. 8980, otherwise known as the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Act.

At present, Daycare Workers receive a negligible P500 per month as honorarium, which is certainly not enough for them to provide for the needs of their families.

"Despite the MEASLY compensation and their heavy workload, these workers continue their service to the country," Revilla said. "We commend them for their dedication, and we have to reciprocate their sacrifices," the lawmaker added.

Revilla believes that this bill will serve as the government's way of recognizing the service, hard work and dedication of Daycare Workers in educating and nurturing Filipino kids in need of love, care and attention during their formative years.

"Ang mga Daycare Workers ang tumatayong mga magulang sa mga musmos habang naghahanap-buhay ang kanilang mga magulang. Napakalaki ng ng kanilang kontribusyon, lalo na sa paghubog ng ating kinabukasan," the solon ended.

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