March 23, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Mayor Franklin Odsey led the local government in honoring teachers for their commitment and dedication to educate the Filipinos amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the Bontoc District Teachers’ Day Celebration on Sept. 24, Odsey said that with the pandemic, the role of teachers is finally realized because of the distance learning modality where the learners have to work on their own most of the time, with the guidance of their parents. 
“Parents now feel the hard work and sacrifices of the teachers in educating the children. I hope that by experiencing even a small fraction of your work, parents and the community will understand and appreciate teachers’ sacrifices and hard work,” the mayor said. 
Odsey asked the support of the community to the schools and the teachers, adding that families have to play a more active role in the education of children. 
He also assured the continuous assistance of the local government to the education sector.
Even with limited resources, he said the LGU ensures that the budgets for the various programs relating to education are sustained or increase every year.
He said the LGU will try to allot funds for the purchase of Duplo machines and other printing machines and bond papers to augment the resources of teachers in the production of modules. 
Focusing on the theme for this year’s Teachers’ Day Celebration, “Gurong Filipino para sa batang Filipino,” Odsey said that a Filipino teacher is one who develops learning autonomy in a child and instill good citizenship.   
Schools District Supervisor Amelia Wacangan thanked the LGU for its assistance and support to the education sector. 
She said the mayor fulfilled his promise made in last year’s celebration of the Bontoc District Teachers’ Day. 
This is the institutionalization of Bontoc District Teachers’ Day. This year, the LGU also doubled the amount for the celebration from P30,000 to P60,000. 
On the same day, Bontoc recognized and awarded the schools and personnel of the Department of Education-Bontoc for their performance. 
Presidential Proclamation 242 declared Sept. 5 to Oct. 5 as National Teachers’ Month. Republic Act 10743 declared Oct. 5 as National Teachers’ Day and in synch with the designation of the same day as World Teachers’ Day by the Unesco. – Alpine L. Killa