Marikina sends 20 English teachers to Japan

By Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The local government of Marikina has sent 20 teachers to Sakai Town in Japan to teach Japanese people English in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said.

Mayor Marcy, Chairman Rivera, some of Sakai Town officials with Danica Alcantara (in the middle), one of the Marikina teachers in Sakai (photo from Marikina PIO / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Mayor Marcy Teodoro (second from right), Chairman Joselito Rivera (left-most), and some of Sakai Town officials pose with Danica Alcantara (middle), one of the Marikina teachers in Sakai (photo from Marikina PIO / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Teodoro said an agreement between Marikina City and Sakai Town has been made to hire Filipino teachers from Marikina to teach Japanese school children and professionals the English language that will be mostly used by participants to the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics.

“To date, Marikina City already sent seventeen teachers to Sakai Town, Japan to teach English,” Mayor Teodoro said during a Welcome Ceremony at the Sakai Town Hall in Japan on July 15.

Sakai Town Mayor Masahiro Hashimoto said he will recommend Marikina teachers should other cities in Japan want to emulate their program.

“Marikina teachers are very good English teachers. If other cities in Japan wish to follow our program, we will certainly recommend Marikina City,” Hashimoto said.

Teodoro said the teachers are the pride of Marikina City.

“These teachers are the pride of our hometown… This partnership is more than just helping Japan for their Olympic 2020 preparations, more than just employment. This is a testament that our teachers are exemplary,” he said.

Teodoro was able to talk to Youji Aoya, chairman and owner of Bandotaro, one of the biggest restaurant chains in the Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan where Sakai Town is located.

Aoya has offered the opportunity for Hotel and Restaurant Management students of Marikina to have their internship at his company.

“While the Marikina Local University students teach us English, we ensure that they will be receiving quality training on the standards in hotel and restaurant management. They will be well taken-care of in the program,” he said.

Participating qualified interns will also be given the necessary provisions that include accommodations and allowance.

Teodoro said he will work closely with Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina for the planned partnership.

“This exchange in the field of education is one of the important pillars of Marikina City and Sakai Town, Japan relations,” Teodoro said.

“We highly encourage students to participate in this program as much as it is educational and cultural, it will also provide the participating students with the edge in securing employment in Japan,” he added.