MANILA (UPDATE)—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said his government plans to spend P12 million to upgrade daycare centers and increase the allowance of its personnel.
Manila’s daycare workers’ monthly stipend will be increased from P7,000 to P9,000, Moreno said during a meeting with the city school board.
About 400 daycare workers are expected to benefit from the adjustment, which will take effect in October, he said.
“ ’Yung mga daycare teachers namin, allowance-based lang,” the mayor told reporters.
(Our daycare teachers will only receive allowances.)
“I’m happy that they will receive an increment, but I’ll be happier if some day, somehow maging regular employees sila (they would be regular employees),” he said.
Television sets and audio-visual equipment will be procured for some public daycare centers in the capital, Moreno said.
The sum would be sourced from the city’s 2019 special education fund and would be continued in succeeding years, he said.
"Tingin ko ’pag napabuti natin katayuan ng mga nagtuturo, we will have a better community later on kasi ang pundasyon nasa loob ng paaralan bukod sa loob ng bahay,” said Moreno.
(I believe that if we improve the status of teachers, we will have a better community later on because foundations are found in schools, not just in homes.)
The city is also studying proposals to grant cash gifts for retiring daycare workers, he said.