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Baguio City Council Advances Fees for Private Child Development Centers

The City Council moves forward with an ordinance imposing fees for permit applications and inspections of private child development centers or learning centers.

The decision comes as part of efforts to enhance early childhood care and development standards, aligning with Republic Act 10410’s objectives. The fees aim to fund costs and support programs ensuring quality education for young children.

The ordinance, approved on second reading and set for publication, mandates private child development centers or learning centers to obtain permits from the local City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). Upon securing a three-year permit, centers must request recognition from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The fees, set at Php. 1,000.00 for a permit to operate and Php. 2,000.00 for granting recognition, will be collected by the City Treasurer’s Office. Revenue generated will be used to support different projects such as fixing centers, buying equipment, and helping service providers learn new skills.

As the ordinance progresses, it gives light to the city’s commitment to early childhood education and social services development. By establishing a framework for monitoring and funding, it aims to ensure that private child development centers meet quality standards, ultimately benefiting young children in their early years of development. | Izl Jem M. Rabanillo

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