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Day-care workers want own ‘magna carta’ passed into law

MEMBERS of two federations of day-care workers on Monday trooped to the House of Representatives in Quezon City to press lawmakers to pass House Bill 5852, or the Magna Carta for Day Care Workers.

Backed by the members of the child-welfare group Akap Bata Party-list, hundreds of day-care workers belonging to the National and Metro Manila Federations of Day Care Workers rallied behind Rep. Teddy Casiño of Bayan Muna’s House Bill (HB) 5852, or the Magna Carta for Day Care Workers bill.

Casiño’s HB 5852 enshrines security of tenure, minimum standard salary and social benefits for day-care workers.

In a statement, Akap Bata Party-list said the slow progress of the bill in the House of Representatives is disheartening, especially now that lawmakers are gearing up for the 2013 budget deliberations.

“The main carers of children through the day-care system has long been voiceless and ignored. In the Philippine context, majority of our day-care workers and volunteers in poor communities receive a measly P500 while others receive none. Lucky are those who work in private day-care centers for they receive at least P2,000 on a monthly basis,” Arlene Brosas, national secretary-general of Akap Bata Party-list said.

According to Brosas, day-care work has been treated as informal profession or charitable work in the Philippines for a long time. Yet, she said that despite the grim situation of the country’s day-care workers, the sector continues to serve, guide and teach the children even without pay.” It is high time, she added for the Philippines to give back to one of the pillars of the children’s dream and future.

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