Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula recognized and thanked the tireless efforts of all teachers in commemoration of World Teachers Day.
“Binabati ko ang lahat ng mga guro sa araw na ito na ginugunita natin ang Teachers’ Day. Ang pagiging guro ay hindi lamang isang profession. Ito ay isang vocation, isang pagtawag mula sa Diyos. Ang pagtuturo at paggabay sa mga estudyante ay hindi lamang trabaho. Ito ay paglilingkod. Salamat sa inyong tapat na pagtugon sa tawag ng paglilingkod,” Cardinal Advincula told Radio Veritas.
In addition, the Cardinal is aware of the big challenges that the teachers are facing especially during this time of the pandemic where online and blended learning is implemented among the students. The lack of equipment for modern teaching methods like the internet is one of the obstacles for teachers and students especially to those who are in remote areas.
In these trying times, those in the teaching profession were also called to be frontliners as they continue to serve and teach the young people amidst the dangers of getting infected by the coronavirus.
“Nararapat kayong parangalan dahil kayo din ay mga frontliners at bayani sa panahong ito ng pandemya,” Cardinal Advincula said.
The Archbishop of Manila challenges the faithful to be teachers in their little ways because the children as well as adults can learn from their experiences.
“Sa pamamagitan ng ating mabuting halimbawa at pagsaksi, turuan at gabayan natin ang bawat isa sa maka-Diyos at matuwid na pamumuhay, mabuting pag-uugali at pakikipagkapwa-tao,” Cardinal Advincula added.
World Teacher’s Day is celebrated every October 5. This year’s theme is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery.”
In the Philippines, the pilot testing of limited face-to-face classes in 120 schools in the country is expected to begin soon following President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the measure in August 2021. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)