Teachers: Real heroes of the midterm polls

TEACHERS’ ADDED BURDEN. These teachers perform their functions as electoral board in one of the polling precincts at Iloilo Central Elementary School on General Luna Street, Iloilo City. According to the Commission on Elections, around 21,000 teachers were deployed to the 7,109 clustered precincts in Western Visayas during the recent midterm elections. LTP, PIA-ILOILO

ILOILO City – Despite the technical glitches and delays that figured in various polling centers during the recent midterm elections, a number of Ilonggo youth lauded the thousands of teachers in Western Visayas who served as electoral board.

Krezyl Joyce Pugna, National Youth Commission’s Iloilo area officer, said teachers who rendered their time and effort during the midterm polls were “election heroes.”

“I salute all teachers who bravely accepted the responsibility of facilitating the midterm elections,” said Pugna. “They still managed to smile and and finished the job despite the hardships.”

These teachers even skipped meals and bathroom breaks just to serve thousands of voters, she noted.

Michelle Asuncion, a fresh graduate of the Juris Doctor Program Studies from Central Philippine University, shared the same sentiment.

“Congratulations to the teachers who devoted their time and effort and for a job well done,” she said. “Despite the technical difficulties, I can say the conduct of the election was a success.”

Asuncion expressed hope that the newly elected leaders secure the best interest of the people and serve them with integrity, dignity, transparency, and faith in God.

For Dessa Quinto, a young faculty at St. Paul University Iloilo, the teacher should be recognized.

“They sacrificed their time just to serve the nation,” she said.

According to Commission on Elections (Comelec), around 21,000 teachers were deployed to the 7,109 clustered precincts in Western Visayas. (Leonard T. Pineda I/PIA-Iloilo/PN)


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