DepEd-NCR celebrates National Teachers Day 2016
“The fulfilment of being a teacher does not lie on seeing the students become better version of ourselves but on watching those students help others and be their best version of themselves as well” said Hon. Jesus Lorenzon R. Mateo, DepEd Undersecretary for Regional Operations during the DepEdNCR National Teachers Day 2016 celebration on September 30, 2016 at Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City.
With the theme “ Guro Kabalikat sa Pagbabago”, the event aimed to culminate the month-long celebration with festivities to express the Department’s sincere gratitude for teachers’ important role in revolutionizing the educational reform efforts of the department. The event is in line with the international celebration of the World Teachers Day. It was participated in by approximately 7,000 teachers representing the 16 Schools Divisions Offices. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto, ACT Teachers Partylist Representative France Castro, Congresswoman Emi Calixto- Rubiano, Metro Bank Foundation Executive Director, Nicanor Torres, Jr. the TY Metro Bank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Awardees and many more.
In his keynote address, Usec. Mateo emphasized that although teachers are seldom unrecognized with the work they do and the roles they played in each students lives, the magic of teaching, the power of a teacher lies in being able to create ripples of change a domino effect in improving lives of children. He also mentioned that teachers must also be equipped with all the necessary skills to deliver quality education. DepEd is committed to strengthening an education system where teachers can be most effective in line with being better, DepEd will be focusing on key priority areas that will have greater positive impact on learning. He also shared some updates on the DepEd budget for CY 2017; continued full implementation of K-12 program including SH with an effective system monitoring and evaluation of outcomes in terms of quality and access; initial curricular reforms in incorporating drug education in science and health curriculum and improving alternative learning methods, strengthening gender equality and sex education as well emphasizing preparedness, and adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction. And lastly, expansion of coverage for Alternative Learning System (ALS) to drug rehabilitation centers, developing alternative learning methods for hard to reach mountain regions and islands.
Moreover, Dr. Ponciano A. Menguito, DepEd NCR Regional Director highlighted the role of teachers in the society. “Teaching is not just a service, it is not just a profession, teaching is not just a job but the pillar of the Philippine society.” He added. He also underscored the collaborative effort made by DepEd-NCR for our unsung heroes of the world. Dr. Menguito stressed that the region is providing technical assistance to the 16 Schools Divisions covered by the region to the teachers through continues development that primarily includes contextualization, localization and integration of curriculum.
Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto, also welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of education as a changing power in molding oneself, the society and the rest of the world. He expressed his gratitude to all the teachers for successfully responding to the heavy demand for upbringing every learner and unleashing the potential of every Filipino youth as productive citizen working for higher quality of education. “Indeed, our teachers deserve a tap in the back. Likewise, I am confident that all stakeholders will continue to support our teachers because they believe that our teachers will emerge as new breed of heroes.” He added.
The occasion started with A “Walk for Peace” participated in by 50 representatives per Schools Division. The event was made even more festive through various cultural performances; namely, Teachers Got Talent Sing-offs, Dish Gardening Contest, On-the-Spot Sketch Competition, Wellness Services, Festival Merchandises and freebies from corporate partners and raffles draws.
– Karleen D. Zambas