AFTER two years in the teaching service, I realized that teaching is the best profession. Teaching in fact is both brain and fighting because it requires one’s mental faculty to foster the cognitive growth of the pupils while it needs the teachers physical aptitude to persevere in reaching his goal.
This is evident in the hinterlands where a teacher does not only teach in the classroom, but sometimes builds schools and takes on varied tasks which the government cannot provide.
This happened during my first assignment as an elementary grade teacher in a very remote barrio Kanlim-ao Elementary School in Tabuelan, Cebu. It is approximately ten (10) kilometers from Ilihan, Tabogon where I started the journey to my station. It can be reached only through a motorcycle called habal-habal by the townfolks. I went home weekly and during Sunday, was back in my station, enduring the heat of the sun and sporadic rain.
I vividly recall that during my first five months handling a combination class, everything was satisfactorily dine. I had thorough socialization with the barangay folks. I spent a lot of time and money just to gain their attention and respect through sharing happy sessions. I tried to relate well with the people around me.
A very discouraging moment for me the sight damage perpetrated by super typhoons. With the quick initiative of our top DEPED officials and a joint responding Department of Public Works and Highways.
Today, I have learned to love my job and forgotten my very first ambition to become a soldier. But I never lose faith in the worthwhileness of teaching as a great career.
I handled combination classes, Grades III and IV with no available chairs, desks and even tables for me.
With all these difficulties, I decided to stop teaching after a year or three to continue my ever-wished dreamed – becoming a commission officer in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Army. I completed my Basic and Advance ROTC Course at the University of the Philippine College of Cebu (UPCC) and in the same year right after graduation I took the Advance Summer Camp Training (ASCT MS-43 CL-01-93) at Lahug, Cebu City. After forty five (45) days of a very rigorous training, I immediately applied for commissionship in the Reserve Force Philippines Army and decided to rejoin teaching as stepping stone to reach my goal.
With the assistance of my co-teachers and parents, I was able to provide chairs and tables.
January 3, I received an order from our District Supervisor to spit the Grades III and IV. The new female teacher eventually became my wife. This school year I am handling Grades V and VI classes and our school has become a complete elementary school after fifteen years.
Kanlim-ao Elementary School