By Zaldy De Layola

LET’S READ. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in collaboration with the Department of Education, distribute books, notebooks, crayons and pencils for “Tara, Basa!” (Let’s Read!) tutoring program at Potrero Elementary School in Malabon on Aug. 17, 2023. The program helps students from low-income families who are in difficult situations and assists struggling or non-reader learners, aided by educators and student tutors. (PNA photo by Joan Bondoc) 

MANILA – Some 2,000 parents and guardians of student beneficiaries of Tara, Basa! tutoring program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) received their cash-for-work at the Valenzuela City People’s Park Amphitheater on Wednesday.

“We in the DSWD thank the parents and guardians of the elementary learners or what we called the “Nanay-Tatay (mother-father) teachers” for taking part in this initiative to eradicate illiteracy among the Filipino children,” DSWD Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Irene Dumlao said in a statement.

Dumlao said the Nanay-Tatay session is one of the components of the Tara, Basa! tutoring program which aims to impart additional knowledge to parents and guardians of the elementary learners.

The tutoring program is an initiative of the DSWD to address the needs of college students in difficult circumstances, as well as elementary learners assessed to be struggling or non-readers.

In exchange for attending Nanay-Tatay learning sessions, the parents and guardians are given a PHP235 fee per session. They are also required to assist their children in preparing their needs for learning and reading, and in their after-reading assignments.

“The agency tapped the Youth Development Workers (YDWs) who are college students trained to conduct Nanay-Tatay sessions, where they discuss topics such as understanding parenthood, the dynamics of the Filipino family, challenges in parenting, including the child development and their rights, among others, “ Dumlao, also the DSWD spokesperson, said.

Every trained college student, on the other hand, receives PHP610 per Nanay-Tatay session, she added. (PNA)