SOME 17 teachers who returned to the country after working as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) received P10,000 worth of teaching kits each from the Department of Labor and Employment -Regional Office I (DOLE-RO1) in January.
The kits came from “Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir (SPIMS),” a project under the DOLE’s National Reintegration Program that encourages OFWs who passed the licensure examination for teachers to stay in the country and practice their profession as public school teachers.
The SPIMS is being implemented jointly with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Professional Regulation Commission and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
“Our teachers are definitely among the best in the entire world. We want them to impart their expertise and talents in our own country,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra said in a statement.
The kits consist of voice aid lapel, tablet, calculator, 13GB SD card and assorted school supplies such as pens, chalk, bond paper and board eraser, among others.
Laarni Banaag, resident of Bayambang and one of the beneficiaries, left her promising career as assistant principal of Rainbow School in San Carlos City only to end up being maltreated in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
She sought shelter from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and through the SPIMS.
Banaag, who is also a registered nurse, landed a Teacher I position at the Lilimasan Elementary School, San Carlos City. She has been teaching at the said school since January 3, 2017.
Banaag has this advice to would be OFWs: “Huwag na lang silang mag-abroad kasi malaki rin ang kita ng mga guro dito sa ‘Pinas”.
Other beneficiaries of the teaching kits are licensed teachers from Urdaneta City, Umingan, Pozorrubio, Sison, Laoac, Dagupan City, Mangaldan and Mabini, all in Pangasinan; San Emilio, Nagbukel and Candon City, Ilocos Sur; Piddig and Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
The SPIMS caters to OFWs who returned to the Philippines in the last three years and had teaching experience in the past five years. For further details on SPIMS, those interested may check www.nrco.dole.gov.ph. (Eva Visperas)
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