By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Senator Richard J. Gordon today paid tribute to Filipino
teachers and educators for their sacrifices and dedication to educate
and shape the minds and character of our youth, especially during this
difficult time of the new coronavirus pandemic.
In his message on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day today, Gordon
said the Senate recognizes the myriad challenges of Filipino teachers
who are mostly overworked and underpaid since the onset of the
pandemic in early 2020.
“Let us take this opportunity to thank our teachers by showing them
how much they mean to us. Be assured that the Senate is working
conscientiously to increase the salaries and benefits of our teachers
in the public and private institutions,” he said.
In Sept. 2019, it may be recalled that Gordon is one of the
signatories of Senate Resolution 142 honoring and commending Filipino
teachers. The Senate unanimously adopted the resolution, now logged
as Senate Resolution 14.
Gordon noted how Filipino teachers have been struggling with many
problems of blended learning where they and their students or pupils
have to confront the lack of printed modules and the dismally poor
internet service connectivity.
“Alam ko po ang inyong mga sakripisyo upang magampanan ang inyong mga
tungkulin. Nariyan po ang kakulangan sa sahod, na minsan ang mga guro
pa natin ang nag-aabono para sa mga modules, ganun din po ang mga guro
na tumatawid pa sa mga bundok at ilog upang mapuntahan ang kaniyang
mga estudyante,” he said.
According to him, despite these problems brought about by the new
coronavirus pandemic, Filipino teachers have remained steadfast in
helping shape the next generation of Filipinos in the best way they
“Even as we face the COVID-19 pandemic, our teachers continue their
labor of love by pursuing alternative learning methods conducive to
our students even as they soldier on without proper equipment,” he
“This shows their commitment to quality education through efforts that
shape the hearts and minds of our youth,” he added.
Gordon, a lawyer by profession, urged the national and local
governments to invest on education sector in support the Filipino
teachers who play a very important role in nation-building by
imparting the youth the values of excellence and integrity.
Gordon is a proud alumnus of the Ateneo University Manila, expressing
his affinity for the Jesuit institution’s patroness, the Blessed
Virgin Mary, by wearing the October Medal during the Catholic Church’s
designated month of the Holy Rosary. (ai/mtvn)