Sunday, November 11, 2018

Teachers take center stage in Ilocos Norte


By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—In time for the World Teacher’s Month celebration, around 5,000 teachers from the 21 towns and two cities of the province were gathered Tuesday at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena, this city for a simple tribute to all educators here.

After a thanksgiving mass officiated by Laoag Bishop Renato Mayugba, a simple program and electronic raffle draws followed suit in honor of teachers.

“Teachers are probably the most underappreciated sector in the society. They sacrifice so much yet they receive so little. You all deserve a day and a month of appreciation,” said Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Matthew Joseph M. Manotoc during the October 2, 2018 province-wide celebration for teachers.

As chairperson of the committee on education, Mr. Manotoc assured teachers of his full support to the education sector as he cited the Ilocos Norte government’s continuing efforts to promote quality education by expanding its scholarship programs for both students and teachers, payment of public schools’ utility bills, distribution of books and school equipment among others.

Being raised by a teacher himself, Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo M. Barba expressed his high regard for teachers as the noblest profession.

Ang propesyon ng pagtuturo ay isang napakarangal na propesyon at sana panatilihin natin ang tradisyon na ito, na kahit kadalasan ay salat sa kabuhayan ang gantimpala ay napakalaki naman lalo na ‘pag may mga naging matagumpay sa tinuruan na bunga ng pagpupunyagi,” said Mr. Barba.

With this year’s theme, “Gurong Pilipino: Turo Mo, Kinabukasan Ko”, the celebration aims to honor those in the teaching profession, acknowledge their loyal service and commitment in developing globally-minded citizens, nurturing families, strengthening communities and building a nation.

In Ilocos Norte, the fun-filled activity hopes to revitalize the image of and respect for teaching as a vocation through public awareness on the value of teachers and their role in the society.

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