We at ACT Teachers Party-List believe that despite the numerous ills overwhelming Philippine education, students can still rely on their teachers to provide the best education obtainable. Public school teachers receive inadequate salaries and benefits, yet endure appalling working conditions such as large classes and insufficient classrooms. In the face of it all, there are those such as you who keep teaching for years, and commit to the calling with excellence.
You all deserve this recognition of being the outstanding teachers of the country, and more substantial recognition from the state in the form of policies and measures to protect the rights and welfare of teachers, including higher subsidy for the education sector and the upgrading of salaries of public school teachers.
Good day and, again, congratulations.
Para sa guro at bayan,
ANTONIO L. TINIO
Elementary competition winners are: Dr. Roberto D. Santos, Jr. of Sta. Rita Elementary School (Capas, Tarlac); Nueva P. Mangaoang of Man-it Integrated School (Passi City); Rizal M. Vidallo of Anabu II Elementary School (Imus, Cavite); and Mariam B. Rivamonte of Santa Cruz South Central School (Santa Cruz, Marinduque).
Secondary competition winners are: Dr. Annie I. Rodriguez of the Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao Campus (Davao City); Bonifacio D. Caculitan, Jr. of Ernesto Rondon High School (Quezon City); Marivi L. Castro of General Santos City SPED Integrated School; and Galcoso C. Alburo of Concepcion Integrated School-Secondary (Marikina City).
Higher education category Dr. Hilda C. Montaño of the West Visayas State University (Iloilo City) and Dr. Catherine P. Vistro-Yu of the Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City) are the winners for the .