Neglected mentors

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WITH the new communications technology, one will never know what he can get from his desktop machine at any moment of the day or night. And it never ceases to surprise me sometimes that the machine would offer materials worth writing about, like this one I got the other day.

“Ang budget sa Dep Ed pagkadugay. Wa pa jud nila gihatag. Ang mga claims namo sukad pa last year.” (The DepEd budget has been long in coming. The claimants have been waiting for it since last year.)

The way I understand it, the teachers were used by the government to serve most possibly in the last elections. The text message mentioned their not having been able to get their “hardship allowance because the DepEd did not have a budget for it.


“Wa mi kahibawo kun asa na ang budget last year nga wa man mi makadawat hangtod karon.” (We do not know where the budget last year had gone since we did not receive any of it until now.)

However, I think it is not for the teachers’ service of the 2013 elections since the text message also talked about the fact that they are supposed to receive their hardship allowance every quarter but it seems that they have not received this allowance since last year.

They have been told there is no budget for it. The situation is definitely giving difficulties to the teachers who are depending on it.

“Pait intawon kaayo mi nga na-assign sa bukid. Wa mi iplite sa habal-habal. Lisod kun utangon pa jud ang pamasahe." (It’s difficult for us who are assigned in the mountains. We do not have money to pay for our habal-habal ride. It is hard if even our habal-habal fare had to be on credit, too.)

What is even worse, according to this “texter,” is that for quite some time now, they have not received any increase in their salaries.

On my part, there is no other way for me to go but express my sympathy for the mentors who are gravely affected by this apparent government neglect. I know how they must have felt, since I experienced this when I was a public school teacher at nineteen years old in the town of Asturias, about seven kilometer away from my own home.

Besides, my parents themselves were public school teachers, too. Well, I must have written about this fact many times before.

But what is most important, and significant point here is the inability of our present government to meet its obligation its workers and constituents.

Just a while ago, someone came to my place complaining why their supposed “Pantawid” program financial assistance has been withheld, or perhaps the right term to use is “not released” to them, when it should have been given to them regularly. Is the government “overburdening” itself with public obligations?

At any rate, I think it is important for the government to resolve at the soonest possible time the obvious neglect of the important link between our young ones and the elders of our people--the mentors among our masses.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 11, 2014.


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