“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” –Pablo Picasso
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed October 5 as the World Teacher’s Day in 1994, in celebration of the great steps made for teachers on the 5th of October 1966, when a Special Intergovernmental Conference convened by UNESCO in Paris, in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), adopted the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the status of teachers, particularly, on the rights and responsibilities and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.
From then on, October 5 became a universal day of celebration for teachers across the globe, a special day of appreciation for their invaluable efforts towards molding young minds and their utmost dedication to service, doing their best, even going the extra mile just to touch and change others’ lives, their students’ lives.
On October 5, 2022, while the world was busy appreciating the teachers in their respective classrooms and schools, the PNP personnel from the 1st Northern Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company (NSPMFC), under the supervision of Police Lieutenant Colonel Edwin M. Oloan Jr., Force Commander, decided to have a simple gift of appreciation to two retired public-school teachers of the town.
Mrs. Isabel “Elsa” Montaño Palacio and Mrs. Delia De Guia Marquita were surprised when they each received bunches of flowers and a special cake dedicated for them. This was not expected, for what they had in their mind is that they were no longer in service, and nobody would ever remember them.
Mrs. Delia De Guia Marquita is A 70-year-old retired teacher and currently residing in Brgy. Eco, in Mondragon, Northern Samar. She was born on April 18, 1952 and was a teacher in 1974 and served until 2017. She taught subjects in the elementary level from Grade 1 to 6 but she stayed long in Grade 2. While Mrs. Isabel “Elsa” Montaño Palacio is 77 years old and a retired teacher at Mondragon Central Elementary School, currently residing in Brgy. Chitongco in the same town. She was in service from 1969 up to 2010.
In the same week, the personnel of Basay Municipal Police Station under the direct supervision of Police Lieutenant Juluis Rene C. Peñaflorida, Officer-in-Charge, conducted Bisita Eskwela dubbed “Pulis Ko, Titser Ko” in a certain barangay in the Municipality of Bais in Negros Oriental. Police personnel thereat conducted vibrant reading sessions to the children.
Pulis Ko, Titser Ko is a nationwide PNP initiative aimed to provide basic lessons to every child available in the country. Being the primary in- charge for the safety and protection of the people, PNP also ensures the welfare of every student to access for a quality education, free from harm and any kind of abuses.
The entire Philippine National Police recognizes the vital role of teachers in inculcating values and ideas to every young people, becoming agents of change and advocates for peace and progress who will participate in nation building and dedicate their life, skills and talents for the welfare of every Filipino people and to our beloved motherland—the Philippines. We deem you as partners, especially now that we are faithfully advocating the PNP peace and security framework: M+K+K=K (Malasakit plus Kaayusan plus Kapayapaan equals Kaunlaran) which is espoused by no less than the Chief, PNP General Rodolfo S. Azurin, Jr.
A snappiest salute to all teachers in the world! Thank you for your dedication and commitment to service.