Volume 17: National Teachers' Month Edition

Teachers Help Amid Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected many communities, livelihoods, and industries. Education, for one, has taken its fair share of unprecedented hits. Schools, teachers, and students alike are all reeling from the difficulties and challenges that the pandemic has caused.


But teachers are nation-builders. More than most people, teachers have an uncanny ability to rise above adversity and put all their hard work in helping others as much as they can. Their dedication, hopefulness, and optimism is unmatched. That is why during the pandemic, teachers have found different ways to bring hope to their communities.



To give importance to education during the pandemic, Mr. Darwin Tadifa, together with the Kabataang Guro Volunteers, launched a project called Dagyaw (Delivery of Assistance and Guidance for the Young Minds’ Advancement and Welfare), a community-based learning program that aims to provide arithmetic and reading skills to the learners of Barangay San Jose, Tubungan, Iloilo and to guide and train parents on how to properly teach their children at home.


Dagyaw, a Hiligaynon word meaning “bayanihan”, benefited more than 40 learners from Buenavista Elementary School, Tubungan Central Elementary School, and Saint Anthony Abbot Parochial School. It also gathered 14 Sangguniang Kabataan volunteers to help and assess learners in their respective homes.

The project continues to ignite the spirit of dagyaw among the community, encouraging everybody to believe that a pandemic is not a hindrance to educate our youth. It also emerged as the Outstanding SK Council Fight Against COVID-19 program in the province of Iloilo in the 2020 Linggo ng Kabataan celebration.



During the pandemic, Dr. Venus Alboruto made sure she can help her community in simple ways. She established a project called Silingan Konek, a WiFi kiosk installed in front of her house that can be used by her neighbors for free to enroll and attend online classes.


She has also bought and distributed food packs to her neighbors who are street vendors and tricycle drivers. According to her, she used her own money to help these people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.


To improve the skills of teachers in making materials that can be used in the new normal, Dr. Alboruto has conducted a series of online training workshops on crafting Strategic Intervention Materials (SIMs) and modules on teaching strategies.

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Ms. Lodema Doroteo, together with the members of her community, started a project called BK-B4 (Barangayan, Komunidad, Bumabasa Kabataan sa Paadelan), an initiative which aims to provide students with school supplies and learning modules by selling fruits and vegetables at a low price.

As of the moment, they have distributed modules and school supplies to three schools with more than 150 students. 




Mr. Ruel Janamjam has been sharing his blessings by providing school supplies and basic necessities like soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, and canned goods to children and parents from different sitios.

While providing for his community, Janamjam is also looking for ways to collect donations to buy a water tank for a far-flung area in his town. By providing the community a source of clean water, he hopes that pupils will no longer need to walk two kilometers from their homes just to get water.



Because of the pandemic, many of Mr. Ryan Homan’s community members have lost sources of income. This urged him and his co-teachers to put up a Kindness Station, a project that provides commodities like rice, noodles, soap, and other basic necessities.

In return, those who have been helped by the project are donating food such as vegetables and coconut to help others in need.




Dr. Aris Larroder, together with his grade 12 students from Philippine Science High School–Western Visayas, created a storybook and coloring book about COVID-19 for children ages 3 to 7 years old.


The storybook aims to educate children about the basics of COVID-19. By equipping them with enough knowledge, Dr. Larroder and his students hope that this teaches them how to be resilient and protect themself from the virus.



Dr. Estrelita Ampo-Peña and the faculty and staff of Francisco Ramos National High School (formerly Buayan NHS) have led a community-drive called “Sapnay-Gugma” or cradle of love, a project where they donate money or groceries to families who have been affected by the pandemic.


Sapnay-Gugma was able to raise more than P170,000 through donations.




To make sure that the members of the Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) Bani are equipped with the knowledge they need to find stable jobs and provide income for their families, Dr. Bernadeth Gabor, together with her colleagues from Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU), is providing them with training programs to develop their skills.


Under BPSU ANCOP Bani Project (Bringing Progress through Skills Upliftment), the members of ANCOP Bani are receiving trainings on food processing and bread and pastry making. During ECQ, Dr. Gabor and her colleagues decided to shift to agriculture so they will have enough resources for ingredients that will be used to make nutribuns and healthier breads.


Currently, their food processing center has produced products like banana chips, kamote chips, spicy dilis, bagoong, and pickled vegetables. They were also able to hire three regular workers for their center.



Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Jose has been active in giving webinars to people across the country.


He helped organize a national conference with the National Historical Commission on the 75th anniversary of WWII in the Philippines with the theme “Keeping Alive the Valor of the Heroes of WWII” to commemorate the end of the Second World War. He also invited specialists from different regions to talk about the war in the country.


The webinar is a four-part series being held every Thursday for the whole month of September. It is currently on their fourth and final leg.


With their passion for not only educating young minds but also serving communities to the best of their abilities, these teachers have all been previously recognized by The Many Faces of the Teacher, a yearly advocacy by Bato Balani Foundation Inc and Diwa Learning Systems Inc. For these teachers, giving help and hope should not only happen inside the classroom, but also be extended in the community as well. No pandemic can shake their values and desire to lend a helping hand.

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