By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Negros Island Region (DSWD-NIR) culminated its 1st Regional Children’s Month celebration recently with cultural and creative competitions among the Provincial Day Care Children winners in Dumaguete City.
Provincial winners from the two provinces of Negros Oriental and Occidental represented by 12 cities and municipalities competed for the three main events focused on Folk Dance, Draw and Tell, and Singing Competition.
The events anchored on this year’s theme “Isulong ang Kalidad ng Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata.”
Officer in Charge-Regional Director Shalaine Marie Lucero of DSWD reminded the parents and Day Care workers of their role in ensuring the quality of education they teach to the children.
In a Folk Dance category competition, a group of Day Care children from Bacolod City bagged the championship with a prize of P12,000, followed by the municipality of Siaton in Negros Oriental with P10,000, and Dumaguete City in third place with P8,000.
For the singing category, the contestant from the municipality of Mabinay, Negros Oriental got first place with P6,000 prize, followed by Bacolod City with P5,000, and Dumaguete City with P4,000.
For Draw and Tell competition, first place went to Bacong town of NegOr with P6,000, Bacolod City came second with P5,000, and Dumaguete City got P4,000 as third place winner.
All non-winners received a consolation prize of P4,000 each.
In NIR, close to 2,500 Day Care Centers are established and catering about 100,000 Day Care children.
Lucero said these are the children that the Day Care workers take care and teach.
The day care service is there to mold the children to be good citizens, said Lucero.
“I want all Day Care Centers in NIR to follow the standard module on what we should teach to our children in relation to the theme on quality education; this is because we have standard design in teaching ways through the competent workers that will bring quality education and prepare the children for a formal education,” the director said.
DSWD cited studies that show children who have been in the Day Care Centers are better performers compared to those who have never been to Day Care service.
Lucero encouraged the workers to continue to inspire and serve the centers with commitment and dedication for the children to become good citizens. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Aliyah Maire Millares, SU intern/This article was first published at PIA Website on Dec. 16, 2016)