The Balay Balay Child Minding Center (BBCMC) of the University of the Philippines Visayas held its culminating activity or “Pagpadungog” on June 14, 2023 at the Little Theater, UPV Iloilo City campus. Fifty two young learners of BBCMC Iloilo City and Miagao were recognized for completing the Growing Up Rhythm during their stay at the Balay Balay.
BBCMC children, together with their parents and guardians, showcased their talents such as dancing, singing, and acting through various creative presentations and performances. It also served as a venue to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of the parents and guardians. One hundred twenty guests attended the event.
Dr. Ditas L. Ligue, faculty member of the Division of Childhood Education of West Visayas State University, served as the guest speaker during the culminating activity. In her speech, Dr. Ligue emphasized the importance of developmentally-appropriate activities for children and reminded adults to be sensitive and mindful of children’s needs. She also stressed that the most important reward that any person may receive is the invisible star in their heart that glows through the eyes.
Prof. Kezzie Lyn Bacalocos Hilado shared her experiences and insights on behalf of the BBCMC parents and guardians. She also expressed her gratitude to the University for providing childcare services to support working parents.
The Balay Balay Child Minding Center (BBCMC) is an extension project of the UPV Gender and Development Program that supports the implementation of Executive Order No. 340, mandating government institutions to respond to the needs of working parents by providing a place for socialization for 3–4 year-old children while they are at work. BBCMC prioritizes children, grandchildren, and legal wards of UPV employees and UPV project-based personnel, and graduate and undergraduate students. Remaining slots are given to children of UPV alumni, and grandchildren of retirees, as well as children of working parents from the surrounding community and government agencies.
For more information about the BBCMC, you may visit their Facebook Page UPV Balay Balay Child Minding Center.