MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga — The provincial government launched on Thursday a workbook for kids ages 3 to 4 enrolled at early childhood care and development centers.
The book, which is named after Governor Dennis Pineda’s alias, is a supplementary tool that aims to support the education of daycare students.
The launching, which was graced by 2nd district Board Member Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, was held at Barangay Mamatitang here.
At least 2,808 daycare teachers and parents received a copy of the workbook, including food packs, during its first batch of distribution.
According to Cayabyab, the provincial government wants to ensure that children are well supported in their education, not only in their college years but especially during their formative years.
“Ito ang isa sa mga pinakaimportante, ang edukasyon. Kasi kapag nakatapos sila ng pag-aaral, darating ang araw na wala nang Kapampangan ang mahihirapan na makapasok sa trabaho. Kaya si Gov Delta parati niyang ineencourage na mag-aral ang mga bata kasi kami naman nila Nanay at ng Sanggunian tuloy-tuloy lang ang pagsuporta para sa kanila,” Cayabyab said.
The book covers a 40-week curriculum patterned after the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Council guidelines crafted through the help of some child specialists and selected child development workers from the province and with some technical assistance from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).
“Gusto ni Governor na i-lessen yung financial burden ng mga parents. Kaya tayo gumawa tayo ng libreng workbook na project ng province. At para suportahan na din yung ECCD program,” Elizabeth Baybayan, provincial social welfare officer said.
It consists of a weekly plan and daily activity guides featuring themes like knowing oneself, the family, the community, and creations of God.
The workbook also introduces the fundamentals of lines, shapes, colors, alphabets, numbers, animals, among others.
“Maraming-maraming salamat po, napakalaking tulong po nito kasi mas maeengganyo po yung mga bata na pumasok at mag-aral,” said Cecilia Salonga, a daycare teacher from Mabalacat City.
The provincial government is eyeing to distribute 28,934 workbooks to students throughout the province.