baybay-logoBAYBAY CITY, (PNA) — Around 1,419 daycare workers from all over Leyte province recently received cash incentive for which the provincial government of Leyte allocated a budget of more than P1.5 million.

The amount each worker received varied based on the number of years they have served in their respective barangays. Daycare workers who have served six months to 15 years each received P1,000; 16 years to 19 years P1,300 each; 20 years to 24 years P3,000; and 30 years and above, P5,000.

Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla led the distribution of the cash incentives that was timed for the Culmination Program of the Annual Children Month’s Celebration, held at the Visayas State University (VSU) Gymnasium in this city.

“We know that your work as day care workers is such a hard job. The future of our children truly lies in your hand and we are just grateful for your hard work,” Gov. Petilla said in his message.

As the governor commended the daycare workers, he reiterated the importance of Early Child Care Development and the role in which they play – in shaping children early in their years providing mental stimulation, cognitive skills development, physical development and values formation.

He said another program being pursued by the provincial government for child care development is the nutritional feeding program. He said this was meant to lessen the number of malnourished children in the province as studies have shown that the brain development of a child starts from 0 to 6 years old.

Home-based and public daycare center workers must have the proper skills, modules and training, Petilla said.

Present during the distribution of cash incentives were Vice Governor Carlo Loreto; Leyte Fifth District; Board Members Florante Cayunda Jr. and Emmanuel Gacis; Baybay Mayor Carmen Cari and Vice Mayor Michael Cari. (PNA)