Naga City Vice Mayor Gabriel Hidalgo Bordado called the nation’s mentors as “living heroes” during the celebration of the World Teachers’ Day and the 54th anniversary of the Naga City Teachers’ and Employees Association (NACITEA) at the SM City Naga Activity Center recently.
Quoting an unnamed author, Bordado said that in the Philippines, heroism is usually associated with dead patriots.
“But today, we have in our midst real heroes who are alive and kicking. Day in and day out, they have to grapple with seemingly insurmountable odds to educate the youth and to secure the very future of the world,” Bordado said before some 1200 teachers of Naga City.
The World Teachers’ Day was first held on Oct. 5, 1994 in the United States in a bid “to mobilize support for teachers and to insure the need of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.”
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO) is also quoted as saying that the World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.
Here in Naga City, the celebration of World Teachers’ day was spearheaded by the NACITEA led by Nydia Sol, Pepito Evangelista, Salvacion Selga, Neil Romano Manaog and Jose Nicolasora.
Its board of directors is composed of Marilyn Aguilar, Myrna Abayon, Flordeliza Abogado, Esmeralda De los Reyes, Apollo Sebello, Virgilio Cañizo, Jose C. Alferez, Benedick Warren Ubante, Ramil Pederio, Betty Bongalon, Grace Orbeta, Joe Arriola, Salvador Ferro Jr. and Ester Beloy.