In the middle of what looked like a very important meeting, Speaker Cayetano took a quick minute to go Live on Facebook to greet the Philippines a happy National Teachers’ Day. The event was in fact the conferment ceremony of President Duterte’s honorary doctorate.
Joined by his colleagues in the House, Speaker Cayetano reaffirmed House’s commitment to addressing the concerns of educators. He said that the Majority and Minority will be working together to pass measures to increase the compensation of teachers. Smiling in the video, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante wave and nod in agreement.
The House Speaker continues, saying that this is one of President Duterte’s priority measures to achieve a safe and comfortable life for all Filipinos and that the House stands with the Chief Executive in this vision.
Speaker Cayetano himself came from a family of teachers. His grandmother was a teacher. Both his parents were teachers. In the third generation, his brother Mayor Lino took up the profession. It’s obvious then why he can see the value in the work of teachers.
Among the bills filed in the 18th Congress to address the plight of teachers is House Bill No 6, filed by Speaker Cayetano himself, or “An Act Providing For Additional Support and Compensation For Educators In Basic Education”.