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Makati Mayor Abby Binay led the distribution of special teacher’s kits to more than 3,000 public school teachers in the city in celebration of the World Teachers’ Day last Friday.

Each kit contained a Bluetooth speaker, wireless presenter, tumbler, Teacher's Plan and Students Data Record, First Aid kit, Makatizens pouch with school supplies, notepad, 64GB flash drive, voice amplifier, laptop bag and a Makatizen jacket.

“We wanted to show them our deep gratitude and appreciation and, at the same time, give them useful modern teaching aids that will help them connect and engage better with their students in class,” Mayor Abby said.

The mayor also proclaimed the winners of the first-ever Search for the 21st Century Makatizen Teachers. Jointly launched by the city government and the Schools Division Office of Makati, the project aims to honor exemplary Makati public school teachers who have shown outstanding performance with innovative teaching skills and dedication.

“The City of Makati takes pride in having outstanding educators who have readily embraced change and adopted innovative teaching strategies to develop future-ready Makatizens who are capable of meeting the demands of the 21st Century,”  Mayor Abby said.

The mayor led the recognition of the winners, namely, Mr. Rogelio L. Bañas, Jr. of San Antonio Village Elementary School in first place, Ms. Anna Liza A. Ataiza of Makati High School, second place, and Mr. Dionicio A. Pacpaco of Pitogo High School, third place.

Other officials present included Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, Cong. Luis Campos, DepEd Makati Superintendent Rita Riddle, and City Councilors.

Each of the winners received the Gawad Sampiro Medallion, a P20,000-check, and an overnight stay at a two-bedroom hotel suite from Mayor Abby. In a separate ceremony to be held later at City Hall, the mayor will confer the specially designed Mayor’s Medallion on the three winners in the presence of their loved ones.

Meanwhile, Mayor Abby also acknowledged and awarded certificates of recognition to the rest of the ‘Magic Eight’ who made it to the finals of the search, namely, Ms. Lilibeth M. Biscayda of Fort Bonifacio Elementary School; Mr. Jose Marie T. Cabaccan, Comembo Elementary School; Ms. Lilibeth S. Lumapas, Pitogo High School, Ms. Venus E Mariano, Makati High School, and Ms. Merry Lynn C. Villas, Comembo Elementary School.

The nominees went through a strict selection process that included document assessment, public appreciation and review, demonstration teaching, panel interview and background investigation. The criteria focused on the areas of curriculum and instruction, 21st Century teaching and learning skills, professional ethics and community service.

The Search Committee was composed of three esteemed members of the academe, namely, Dr. Ma. Corazon Sigua, recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Philippine Normal University (PNU), the National Center for Teacher Education; Dr. Voltaire Villanueva, also an Outstanding Teacher awardee of PNU; and Dr. Gina Gonong, Director of the National Center for Teacher Quality, who served as Chair of the Board of Judges.

Earlier, the mayor issued an executive order declaring the suspension of classes on October 4 in all public schools in the city from elementary to college to give way to the day-long tribute.

The day started with a dedicated Lingkod Bayan caravan that delivered a variety of free services exclusively for the city’s public school teachers at the Makati Coliseum, These included free haircut and massage, medical and dental services with ECG and X-ray, free medicines and vitamins, dentures and reading glasses, movie tickets, unli-coffee with hamburger sandwiches, hot soup and ice cream.

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