Leyte teachers have to climb mountains and trees just to send DepEd online reports


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They say that being a teacher is a noble profession. You sacrifice a lot for the sake of your students and your duties. For some teachers in Abuyog, Leyte, the sacrifices of being a teacher goes beyond the classroom and takes them “high up the mountains” just to fulfill their requirements.

Leyte teachers have to climb mountains and trees just to send DepEd online reports
Submitting reports online is a difficult ordeal for Leyte teachers | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Joseph Sumayang
Leyte teachers have to climb mountains and trees just to send DepEd online reports
Leyte teachers climb mountains to find internet connection | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Joseph Sumayang

On Facebook, netizen Joseph Sumayang shared one of the many difficulties public school teachers in Libertad, Abuyog, Leyte have to endure. They have to literally climb mountains to find internet signal for them to send their online reports required by the Department of Education.

Sumayang appealed to the public to help them with their request to have a stable internet connection in their area. He wrote in Visayan, “To those who will see these photos, please help us to a stable signal in Barangay Libertad, Abuyog, Leyte. The teachers of our schools need to climb the summit just to find signal, go online and submit their reports. Thank you very much!”

Leyte teachers have to climb mountains and trees just to send DepEd online reports
Submitting reports online is a difficult ordeal for Leyte teachers | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Joseph Sumayang

The post shows pictures of public school teachers squatting and sitting down on the grassy ground with their laptops.

Melbie Joy, Sumayang wife has gone through this difficult situation of submitting online requirements and year-end reports many times. She is an Information and Communications Technology(ICT) coordinator in Libertad Elementary School (LES) and shared their ordeal.

Leyte teachers have to climb mountains and trees just to send DepEd online reports
Leyte teachers ask for assistance to help give their area a better internet connection | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Joseph Sumayang

Melbie Joy said in Visayan that it’s not easy to submit forms at the start of classes. There are also urgent submissions. At the end of the year, they are also facing more forms to submit.

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The teacher added that they need to walk for miles to find mobile signal. They climb mountains or even trees to hang their pocket WiFi. That’s the only way the could send their reports.

Gregorio Betonio, the principal of LES also shared the same sentiments and concern for their teachers. He said, he worries for their teachers who stay up in the mountains until past 8:00 in the evening not minding the mosquitoes and threats of wild animals.

The post of Sumayong is now viral as more netizens admired the teachers’ dedication. Many have expressed their hopes that the local government unit (LGU) or telecommunication company may hear the teachers’ appeal and provide solutions to their predicament.


— Sally, The Summit Express


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