By Dhel Nazario
The first-ever Teachers’ Lounge in Taguig was inaugurated on Thursday, in a bid to put a premium on education specifically with services for the development and well-being of the students and teachers.
EM’s Signal Village Elementary School (EMSVES) in Central Signal now has a facility that contains an entertainment area, lounge, pantry and conference room.
Ususan’s Dr. Artemio Natividad Elementary School (DANES) is targeted for the launch of the second Teachers’ Lounge.
Furthermore, City Hall projects that all other schools will start constructing their own in January 2020. Each of Taguig’s 26 elementary schools and 10 high schools will have a Teachers’ Lounge in three years.
The initiative is set to benefit 38 principals and up to 4,156 teachers, even more given the increasing opportunities for teachers in Taguig’s public school system.
“We recognize that our self-sacrificing teachers need a reprieve from their immense workload,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.
“The Teachers’ Lounge is a space where they can eat, unwind, bond with each other and conduct meetings. Above all else, it will raise their morale, help them destress, promote dialogue and build a sense of belonging,” he added.
The initiative responds to bigger goals to champion better and more responsive facilities for both students and teachers, and promote an often ignored thrust, the welfare of teachers, he explained.
“Our buildings have to be relevant, resilient and responsive, yes. But we often forget to include our teachers. They have to always be an integral part of our plans if we are to further improve education in Taguig,” the Mayor said.
Present during the ceremonies were House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, the representative of District 1, and District 2 Rep. Lani Cayetano.
The Teachers’ Lounge will complement several highlights in the public school system of the Division of Taguig and Pateros, known for bouncing from from 13th in the rankings for the National Achievement Tests in the National Capital Region to first overall for Grade 6 and Fourth Year high school within just five years, between 2010 and 2015.
Taguig is also recognized for mustering its own educational fund, making its programs run not solely reliant on the funds of the Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Highways.
“The lounges are for the well-being and quality of life of our teachers. This is to better care for one of our most precious partners in developing the young minds of our children,” said Mayor Cayetano.