Gov Cites Teachers as Development Partners

World Teacher’s Day Celebration in Boston, Davao Oriental

DAVAO ORIENTAL— Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang cited the distinguished role of teachers in development.

During the recent World Teacher’s Day celebration held in Boston Central Elementary School on October 5, attended by more than 3,000 teachers under the Schools Division of Davao Oriental, Governor Dayanghirang lauded the teachers who are partners of the government in development and nation-building.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang honors the teachers as partners of the government in nation-building during the World Teacher’s Day celebration in Boston, Davao Oriental.

“I am grateful for having you as a partner in providing service to the people of Davao Oriental. Education is the key to our long-term development. Having a strong foundation of education shall open opportunities to improve lives. I salute the teachers for their efforts towards success,” the governor said.

“We celebrate the unique role and service that teachers play in guiding families, strengthening communities and building the nation. We shall honor the men and women who help mold the mind of our youth and prepare them for the challenges of the future. For many families, teachers are considered second parents. For children of Filipino overseas workers, the teachers often act as substitute parents, in addition to being mentors”, he added.

Participants during the celebration were teachers and non-teaching staff from primary and secondary schools in the Municipalities of Tarragona, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, Cateel, and Boston. Joining them were top officials of this province, including First District Representative Cong. Corazon Malanyaon, Vice Governor Niño Uy, and local legislators, among many others.

Governor Dayanghirang also recognized the effort of teachers despite inaccessible roads, especially those who are assigned in communities that are considered to be Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).  “For far-flung parts of our community, public school teachers are the only symbol of government. In areas that can only be reached by walking for hours on unpaved roads, or taking a ride on rickety boats or improvised rafts, the teachers personify the government’s concern, no matter how meager its resources, for the education of their young students.”

Representative Malanyaon, who hosted the event in Boston together with the Local Government Unit of Boston, recognized the teachers’ positive influence to the community. She said they are a source of inspiration to countless of lives. 

First District Representative Corazon N. Malanyaon

“Your influence on countless lives cannot be undervalued. The encouragement and persistence that you taught for them to get to the top and for them to make their dreams come true. Learning to you, listening to you, looking up to you, laughing with you makes you the best teacher in the entire world. You are the very reason ordinary students go on to do extraordinary things. You also inspire, you guide, and even light the candle for our young to be able to choose the path that they would like to tread when they become older. That’s why I am very thankful that we have people like you, the teachers, who are too selfless and who have chosen this field even if there are a lot of opportunities as well as places that they can be. So I would like to thank you for being a magnificent inspiration as well as excellent role models. I look up to you and I am proud of you. The strong perseverance and commitment that you exemplify in everyday life is simply amazing”, Malanyaon said.

As the program was all about paying tribute to teachers, greetings from top officials of Department of Education who expressed their gratitude to teachers were shown through an audio-visual presentation. Top officials of the DepEd, including Dr. Leonor Magtolis-Briones, DepEd Secretary; Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte, Regional Director of DepEd Region XI; Dr. Lorenzo E. Mendoza, OIC Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd Davao Oriental Division; and all town mayors from Tarragona, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, Cateel, and Boston, conveyed their messages through the AVP. 

Overlooking the Municipality of Boston

Among the highlights of the celebration are the Zumba and pop dance competition. Freebies were also given to teachers through a raffle draw. Prizes include iron stand, frying pan, rice cooker, and electric fan.

Dr. Lorenzo E. Mendoza, OIC Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd Davao Oriental Division

World teacher’s day is the culmination of the teacher’s month celebration which started on September 5. In time for the celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of the Department of Education in the Division of Davao Oriental, this year’s event bears the theme “Gurong Pilipino: Kaakbay sa Progreso”.  By Riza Golez/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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