Private school teacher becomes a vendor selling bread at gas station

MANILA, Philippines – A netizen shared how he was filled with sadness upon seeing a teacher turned into a vendor selling bread.

On Facebook, netizen Karlo Ternora shared a photo of an unnamed private school teacher he found selling bread at a gas station. He said he was on the way home when he saw the teacher.
Private school teacher becomes a vendor

Private school teacher becomes a vendor
Private school teacher turns to selling breads at a gas station as COVID-19 leaves many unemployed | Photo Courtesy: Karlo Ternora/Facebook

He wrote, "Ang sakit sa puso makita mga ganitong guro na nawalan ng trabaho. At nagbebenta sa labas para makaraos."

Ternora said he was touched when the teacher called him "anak" because he remembered the teachers who became his "second mothers" when he was still in school.

He continued, "Going home from my friend's house I decided to refill muna, while waiting for my change. Biglang lumapit sakin si Ma'am she even called me 'Anak' baka gusto mo bumili ng paninda ko. As I heard the word anak naalala ko bigla mga Guro ko mga pangalawang nanay natin sa eskwelahan."

The teacher explained that she lost her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ternora said he felt guilty that he was only able to give little money to the teacher. If he had time, he would have treated her to a meal.

Ternora said, "Sobrang lungkot. Biglang abot ng sukli si kuya gasoline boy, 'di manlang umabot ng hundreds pera ko na naiabot. She even insisted to get some of her goodies nya. Kaso I resist dahil galing akong kainan."

Realization soon dawned on Ternora how unfortunate the situation of the teacher was. He said the teacher is at risk for COVID-19 infection.

He said, "From happy moments bigla ako natulala while driving I have what ifs sa utak ko.. ang tanda na nya pano kung may Covid ma bentahan nya o umulan o di naubos tinda nya pano na sya?"

In the end, Ternora asked the public to extend our help to our teachers. He said we reach out to them in times of need as they once helped us reach our dreams.

"Sana matulungan natin mga naging pangalawang magulang natin sila din tumulong satin matupad pangarap natin. Salute to all the teachers," he wrote.

Private school teachers cry for help

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation, many private school teachers have been affected as several schools shut down.

Many teachers have been on a "no work, no pay" basis after private schools were financially affected by the pandemic. Many have lost their jobs.

After months of asking assistance from the government, a financial aid and wage subsidy for private school teachers are being proposed under the Bayanihan to Recover as One (BARO) Act of 2020 or “Bayanihan II.”

However, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Private Schools, issued a statement reiterating that the proposed financial aid was not enough. They asked for “substantial and humane government assistance” to all affected private school teachers and personnel nationwide.

They also asked for support subsidies be given to private education institutions to “prevent further retrenchments."

— Sally, The Summit Express

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