TACLOBAN CITY – Vice President and Education Sec. Sara Duterte attended the ‘Brigada Pagbasa’ provincial summit on Wednesday (Nov.9), reiterating the importance of teachers in nation-building and maintain professionalism.

The summit, held at the gymnasium of St. Mary’s College in Borongan City, was attended by education officials and local government officials of the province, education stakeholders, and students.

“It is important that as teachers, as professionals, as public service providers, you protect your integrity and maintain your professionalism as students look up to you as role model,” the Vice President said.

As teachers, Duterte emphasized their power to influence their students to have better behavior and character that helps them in navigating their daily life challenges.

“When you swore to become a teacher you swore to become a role model to your students. You have the power to give education to our future workforce. With that power comes the responsibility to guide our students and help them develop into skilled, ethical, and socially responsible citizen,” she added.

Duterte also lauded the Eastern Samar DepEd Division including the provincial and various local government units of the province in helping the learning gaps, particularly during the height of the pandemic wherein students had suffered learning loss due to the absence of in-campus lessons.