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WORKERS at the day care centers all over the Philippines will soon be treated as regular health employees once the House of Representatives approves a measure and enact it into law.
Filed Thursday by Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan De Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party List, ABAMIN), House Bill 2602 will give day care center workers the same privileges and rights being accorded to all public health.
The bill, which also seeks to amend Republic Act 7305 or the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, will benefit about 32,787 day care centers workers in 41,943 villages all over the country.
According to the bill, day care workers are not only confined to taking care of their wards, but also assist the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD), adding that under RA 7305 they not considered as regular health employees.
“Republic Act 6972 created day care centers but workers are only given a P500 monthly allowance and not a regular salary," the bill said.
Since the decentralization of basic health and social services in 1990, the local government unit is directly responsible for the management and operation of day care centers and the compensation of its workers.
RA7305 defined public health workers as those who are engaged in health and health related work, and all persons employed in all hospitals, sanitaria, health centers rural health units, barangay health stations, clinics and other health-related establishments owned and operated by the government.