October 1, 2016 (8:46 AM)

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Teachers from various regions convening at the Martin Hall of the university for the annual celebration of National Teacher’s Month. Photo by Joseph Nasser

To acknowledge and express appreciation in the education sector’s crucial role in nation-building and in developing globally-minded citizens, the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted its National Teachers’ Month celebration last Sept. 30 at the Ateneo de Davao University.

With the theme ‘Guro: Kabalikat sa Pagababago’, teacher representatives from the different regions all over Mindanao gathered, celebrating the event in a showcase of talents from the students and the teachers as well.

Carina Silagan, OIC Chief Curriculum from Compostela Valley, shared what she thought of the event.

“May bago sa celebration ngayon because dito siya ginanap sa Davao City. Also, with this kind of activity, nabibigyan ng appreciation ang halaga ng mga guro bilang sila yung nagbibigay ng kaalaman at gabay para sa kinabukasan ng ating mga kabataan,” she said.

Jekyll D. Cadungog, Information Technology Officer I from DepEd Region IX also expressed his experience.

“What is good is that each region is given the opportunity to witness the event. We didn’t expect that this event will be truly a great activity [… ] it’s an inspiring activity actually for all teachers in all regions,” he said.

When asked about what she thinks of the Philippine educational system under the new administration, Silagan expressed her thoughts.

“Under Duterte’s administration nakita namin na binibigyan ng malaking budget and education. Pinagpapasalamat namin yun kasi hindi lang sa nabibigyan ng mas maraming opportunities and benefits ang teachers, mas napapabuti rin ang pagbibigay ng aral sa ating mga kabataan with the projects for the schools, books, and materials. [..] and yung sinasabi rin ni President Duterte na increase sa teachers’ salary,” she said.

Cadungog also added on this.

“I think it’s quite the same although there are some improvements and some of it may be because of the implementation of it, compared to the former administration. With regards to the K-12, hopefully it will already be a smooth-sailing implementation, because there are a lot of challenges that has to be overcome. But, I hope that the progress with the educational system will be more sustaining,” he pointed out.

The event was conducted pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 242, declaring the period from September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Month. For this year, it was done in a simultaneous celebration, the other one hosted by the National Capital Region at Pasay City.

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