President Rodrigo Duterte paid tribute to the heroism and sacrifices of countless Filipinos on National Heroes’ Day, Monday (August 27) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
The Chief Executive said the country not only honors those whose portraits are embedded in currency and history books but also the day-to-day heroes.
These are military and police personnel, educators, overseas Filipino workers and others who help build and develop the nation.
“Let us honor ordinary Filipinos who, despite the challenges that come their way, continue to work for the well-being of their families, the betterment of their communities, and the advancement of our nation. These are our everyday heroes that we need our youth to emulate and look up to,” the President said.
He acknowledged high school teacher, Angelita Casauay, who was present at the event along with 100 children as one of the honored guests.
Casauay has been teaching for 10 years. On top of her classes, she also serves as the school’s coordinator for the Boy Scout of the Philippines — a responsibility she agreed to take three years ago without extra pay.
She admits that being a BSP coordinator is not easy since she has to spend extra time on it instead of being with her own family.
However, she says having such a job is self-rewarding since she is able to teach young Filipinos how to love our fellowmen and the country.
Aside from clean-up drives, she also trains senior Scouts first aid and basic emergency response.
“Napakalaking tulong sa kanila. Imbes na ma-divert ang attention. Gaya ngayon maraming drugs. Instead na mapasama sila, mag-join sila sa boy scout,” she concluded. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo
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