The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has instructed government agencies, local government units, and government-owned corporations to cater daycare services for their employees’ children who are under five years old.
DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco issued the statement during the inauguration of the newly-build Child Development Center at the DSWD compound to help the agency’s employees be assured of the safety and security of their pre-school children even if they have a day job in the department.
According to Leyco, the Executive Order No. 340 which mandates “National Government Agencies and Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations to Provide Day Care Services for their Employees’ Children Under Five Years of Age,” is one way to ensure the development of children who are considered as the most valuable members of society.
“Nakikita natin ang kinabukasan sa kanila. Itong center na ito ay pag-aalaga sa ating kinabukasan. Kung hindi natin pahahalagahan ang mga kabataan sa ngayon, ano ang ating magiging kinabuksan?” Leyco said.
An improved version of the DSWD’s old day care center, the new facility houses a number of rooms and spaces intended for music, arts, and playtime, as well as those intended for sleeping and breastfeeding.