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Friday, February 19, 2016

Naga City's EDUCARE cited in Panata Ko sa Bayan awards program of DSWD

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) -- The Early Education Program or EDUCARE of the local government of Naga City was recently adjudged Best New Social Technology under the Panata Ko sa Bayan Award of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Naga City EDUCARE Program was recognized for its creative innovation and combined childcare and early education.

Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat, along with  EDUCARE Division supervisor Elsie Romano and DSWD regional director Arnel Garcia received the trophy and a cash prize from DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano “Dinky” Soliman and Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin during the awarding ceremony held at Asian Institute of Management last January 28, 2016 is line with the 65th DSWD Anniversary Celebration.

The new teaching and learning approaches led to the introduction of the School for Early Education and Development (SEED) using the Montessori system. It has since grown to become a key service program with EDUCARE centers catering to pre-school children in all of the city’s barangays.

EDUCARE pursues nurturing Naga City’s future through excellent learning foundation.

EDUCARE is a pillar of having “Good Schools” one of the 12 elements of Naga’s Maogmang Lugar vision. The city is committed to the vision of “Education for All” and the Sustainable Development Goals.

As human rights – based approach to development, the city is duty bound to uphold the citizens achieve their dreams and goals in life. The programs came about when the City Government in 1990, recognized the need for providing day care services to children ages 3 to 6 years old.

Bongat shared that aside from providing the basic amenities needed at the center, one unit of tablet was also provided to each of the Day Care Centers in Naga City.

"This is to help them in the quick and easy preparation of their lesson plans. And they are given regular trainings to enhance/improve their teaching skills. Scholarship program also offered for those day care teachers who are unable to finish their college course. To date, there are 21 day care workers who have completed their course in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education," Bongat elaborated.

The “Pagkakilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (Panata Ko sa Bayan) awards acknowledges the efforts of the individuals, groups, and organizations whose “PANATA”  or “VOW” is to share their resources, time and selves in providing for better opportunity for the disadvantage sector.

“Gawad sa Makabagong Teknolohiyang Panlipunan “ is an award given to either a local government unit (LGU),NGO or DSWD, Field Office who has introduced a new and effective social technology who has introduced a new and effective social technology deemed as best practice based on the standard set. (MAL-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211455842381/naga-city-s-educare-cited-in-panata-ko-sa-bayan-awards-program-of-dswd#sthash.MCk8Lmk3.dpuf

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