Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte underscored her admiration and respect for the unwavering dedication of teachers, in celebration of the National Teachers’ month.
Duterte highly regarded their flexibility for the sake of learners, citing their extra effort to ensure learning deliveries, in coordination with the local government units and other health authorities since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Our teachers deserve respect and admiration for their undying dedication to guiding and helping our learners, parents, and guardians when the whole world had to shift to home learning drastically because of the pandemic,” she said.
Duterte noted that these sacrifices include their resilience after storms, earthquakes, floods, and other calamities, even those teachers in remote areas.
“Alam ko ang hirap, pagod, at mga sakripisyo ng mga guro nasa public school man o nasa private school.”
“Hindi po biro ang mga hamon na hinaharap ng sektor ng edukasyon ngayon. Alam ko ang hirap, pagod, at mga sakripisyo ng mga guro nasa public school man o nasa private school, lalong-lalo na ang mga nagsisilbi sa mga malalayo at liblib na,” she added.
Duterte said honoring teachers is also of personal value, as she believes that their role is very vital for preparing the Filipino youth.
“The mother of former President Rodrigo Duterte, our lola, Soledad Roa Duterte, was an educator herself who put up a school for Lumad children in Davao City when she was still alive.”
“My great grandmother, Fortunata Gonzales-Roa, served as a public school teacher at the Cabadbaran South Central Elementary School in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte for many years. The mother of former President Rodrigo Duterte, our lola, Soledad Roa Duterte, was an educator herself who put up a school for Lumad children in Davao City when she was still alive. And, as a child, I could still remember the many times I sat at the table with my mother, Elizabeth, to check the test papers of her students in the Philippine Women’s College in Davao,” she recalled.
National teacher’s month will run until October 5.