Caloocan Teachers react on sudden suspension of school holiday
The TDC-Caloocan is continuously receiving queries on the matter of observance of Caloocan City Teachers’ Day, as our teachers were told to report to school tomorrow, December 12. The sudden announcement came after the Division Office, just this afternoon released the Division Advisory No. 79, s. 2014.
Such announcement has brought confusion in the field because everybody knows that December 12 is a special non-working holiday for all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the city in observance of the Caloocan City Teachers’ Day.
We appreciate the city for recognizing the teachers as the ‘instrumental in educating the youth and instilling in them proper values and making them responsible and productive members of the society.’ The city further believes that ‘it is but proper and fitting to give its teachers due recognition and acknowledgment for their untiring and dedicated service to educate the constituents.’ For these reasons, the mayor at that time issued Executive Order 037-05, in response to the Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution 1696, s. 2005 and the clamor of teachers.
It is, worthy to note that the city government has officially declared a holiday in observance of teachers’ day 6 years ahead of the national government counterpart which in August 24, 2011 declared September 5 to October 5 as national teachers’ month, but with no special holiday to observe.
We have sent our appeal both to the city hall and the division office this afternoon. A mere Division Advisory can never supersede a city council resolution and a mayor’s executive order. This “powerful” advisory undermines three institutions:
1. The city council;
2. The Office of the City Mayor; and
3. The teachers, our worth in terms of existing laws.
It is a city council resolution and an anticipated tradition that we must respect and celebrate. Thus, the immediate recall of the Division Advisory No. 79, s. 2014 is earnestly sought.
We believe that make-up classes for recent suspensions due to inclement weather may be scheduled some other day apart from this anticipated school holiday. #
Emelenado Arevalo, TDC Caloocan Chairman, 0928-2006828
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, 09205740241
December 11, 2014
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