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𝙲𝚊𝚋𝚊𝚍𝚋𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚗 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝙳𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗
𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐟𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐚 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤, 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥, 𝐏𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐤 𝟒, 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐲 𝐌𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐚, 𝐂𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐝𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲. 𝐅𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬, 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐲𝐥 𝐎. 𝐓𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐠𝐚𝐧, 𝐈𝐏𝐄𝐝 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲.
“Would I arrive safely?” “Would my students learn?” “Would I be able to cater to their needs?” These and a million questions kept juggling in her head almost daily, with no clear absolute answers. But she is sure of one thing: she must fulfill her mission.
Not even the bumpy and muddy road, uncompleted bridges, and the noise pollution by the big trucks dampened her resolve to reach and teach her learners, using these uncomfortable circumstances as the springboard to motivate her to go on and do things even better.
As the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” For Teacher Racyl, she took the first step that led her to see and feel the excitement and happiness of her learners on the first day she met them – the perfect experience that banished her doubts and fears, knowing that her learners, despite their abject poverty, were joyful.
Teacher Racyl had to deal with learners who wore no slippers or school uniforms and no decent clothing or school supplies. Some of them attended school hungry, without any “baon” to get them by for the day’s grind.
Seeing them in this condition, Teacher Racyl dug deep into her teacher’s heart to find ways to alleviate their plight. She wisely tapped every available DepEd resource and the help of stakeholders. She implemented the school feeding program that provided her learners with food, medicines, school supplies, and other necessities.
Like most IP teachers, Teacher Racyl had to overcome the language barrier in the teaching-learning process. The Mamanwa tribe was well aware of this problem; hence they took every opportunity to teach her their native dialect, resulting in a more effective communication flow between her and the learners.
Sometimes during class hours, Teacher Racyl would hear gunshots fired from unknown directions. She feared for her life, but the safety of her learners was her utmost concern. Fortunately, the military officials assured her they were in control of the situation and that she could continue with her mission.
She has all the reasons to continue as a teacher because she found meaning in her involvement with the IP community. She understands that her role is more than just teaching knowledge and skills to a marginalized community, but also to build up hope in their hearts and motivate them to become the builders of dreams for their community.
NB. Teacher Racyl is currently assigned at La Union Elementary School as a Grade 6 Adviser.
𝐸𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑜𝑟’𝑠 𝑁𝑜𝑡𝑒: 𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠, 𝑛𝑜𝑛-𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑙, 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠, 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑠, 𝑝𝑜𝑒𝑚𝑠, 𝑜𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒-𝑢𝑝𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑜𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑤𝑒𝑏𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑠. 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑏𝑢𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑦 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑣𝑖𝑎 𝑃𝑀 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒.
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