“My teacher, my hero”. This has been how students idolized their teachers. Teachers are said to be the providers of quality education at all levels. They help both children and adults contribute for the local and global development. Davao City Division has a total of more than nine thousand nine hundred (9,900) teachers. They were divided into different clusters. Cluster 2 has more or less seven hundred fifty (750) teachers. Each cluster has the autonomy to celebrate World Teachers’ Day within the range from October 2-5, 2017.
Cluster 2 of Davao City division comprises the eleven National High Schools. These are the Talomo A and B, Mabini, Catalunan Pequeño, Ma-a, Magtuod, Davao Special Educational School, Daniel R. Aguinaldo, Jesus Soriano, Duterte and Langub National High School. Last October 2, 2017, Cluster 2 has declared no classes in all Grade levels. Teachers were gathered together at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School for varied activities and competitions. Song solo, Duet, Dance craze, Machu gay and Miss Tamsi (Tambok nga Sexy) were some of the highlights in the occasion. The participants were given the opportunity to showcase their skills and uniqueness. Each of them has their reason for joining. For sir Cristopher Lacno, a Machu Gay contestant of DRANHS said, “it’s for fun”. While for sir Anthonyson B. Cartojano of Mabini National High School and sir Rey P. Labadan of Ma-a National High School, both participants of the same event stressed that aside from participation, they did it for enjoyment, camaraderie, and promote unity and cooperation within the cluster schools.
For ma’am Christine B. Concho, who participated in a Dance Craze, “The World Teachers’ Day Celebration- Cluster 2 is energy boosting. It’s really worth to be praised because teachers have showcased their talents.” For ma’am Tessie Fernandez, one of the principals of Cluster 2, she noticed that some teachers are becoming wild or may be were just overwhelmed by their emotions. She further reminded everyone that we still need to preserve the culture and code of ethics of teachers. According to Doctor Mary Joy Simoag, Principal II of DRANHS Senior High School, “Since this is the first time we celebrate Cluster 2 World Teachers’ Day at DRANHS, we must intensify it to promote peace, unity and cooperation among the teachers of Cluster 2.”
The World Teachers’ Day celebration was held on October 5, 1994 through the recommendation signed by some representatives of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organization. Its purpose is to honor and to recognize the role of teachers in the development of human kind. Henry Adams once said, “A Teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” (Edgar V. Floresca)