Happy on Teachers Day. These public school teachers received their own brand new tablet bundles from Mayor Lani Cayetano in celebration of October Teachers Month. Photo from the Taguig City government

TAGUIG CITY–In celebration of National Teachers’ Month, the City of Taguig, under the leadership of Mayor Lani Cayetano, distributed tablets with digital accessories to public school teachers on Friday, October 6, at the Taguig Convention Center.

A total of 6,700 Samsung Tab Galaxy 9 tablets complete with keyboards and pens will be distributed to all teachers assigned in Taguig, including those from schools in the EMBO barangays. During Friday’s event, 103 Samsung Tab Galaxy 9 tablet sets were distributed to the 49 principals, 52 teacher presidents, and DepEd SDS Dr. Alejandro G. IbaΓ±ez who were present at the Convention Hall. The rest will be delivered and  distributed to teachers in their respective schools.

These tablets are expected to aid public school educators in the City in curating engaging lesson plans, making recording of student grades seamless, and enhancing their overall teaching experience.

Mayor Lani Cayetano, in her address, underscored the pivotal role teachers play in achieving excellence.

“The City of Taguig will always be dedicated to help contribute to your professional development as each of you play a pivotal role in what makes our city Transformative, Lively, and Caring,” she said.

She emphasized that Taguig consistently sets the standard in education, attributing this achievement to the unwavering commitment and dedication of its public school teachers. The tablet distribution initiative serves as just one among numerous expressions of gratitude toward these hardworking educators.

“More than anything else, sana makita ng mga guro natin ay hindi ‘yung financial value ng mga itinurnover nating gifts. Sana ang mas makita ninyo ay ang genuine love, concern, and care ng inyong mapagkalingang lungsod ng Taguig,” she added.

In his message, DEPED Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Alejandro G. IbaΓ±ez recognized the one-of-a-kind care Taguig gives its educators.

“I’d like to underscore the level of uniqueness of Taguig in terms of the generous support. Wherever I go, this is the first that I encountered a local government providing the necessary educational support to our teachers, not just hundreds, one thousand, but even beyond, 6,000 teaching force in the Division of Taguig City and Pateros,” he declared.

He also highlighted the benefits of these devices to the empowerment and adaptability of Taguig’s teaching force.

“These gadgets will be beneficial especially in our direction of schools in the future which requires the use of technology. Even in face-to-face, blended, and in the virtual world, if our teachers are equipped with the necessary technology, alinman ang sitwasyon, tuloy ang edukasyon,” he declared

Mr. Nolito Estilles, principal of President Diosdado Macapagal High School was extremely thankful to the City of Taguig and Mayor Lani for “this very useful gift.”

“Thank you so much, Ma’am Lani for this gadget na talaga namang very helpful lalo na para sa mga estudyante kasi syempre ang end goal naman natin is for the learners. So kapag ginamit ito ni teacher, mas magiging productive at mas mabilis ang transfer of learning ng mga lessons natin,” he said.

General Ricardo Papa Sr. – Annex Principal Ms. Maria Elena N. Cometa also thanked Mayor Lani for being a transformative leader and shared her insights about adapting to technology integration in teaching.

“Mayor Lani, we have so much to thank you for. Thank you for being an excellent, transformative and consequential leader to our city. Tama po kayo, technology cannot replace a good teacher but a good teacher who knows how to use technology will not be replaced at all,” she shared.