LET passer battling cancer receives a ‘surprise’ from PRC

Here in the Philippines, many consider completing their education, especially when it is seen as a means to uplift oneself from poverty, as a significant achievement in life.

For someone who has endured immense sacrifices and hardships to complete their education, it is a significant and truly emotional moment when they finally hold their licensed identification card or ID. It means that they can now enter the real "battlefield."

But what if you can't obtain and process it due to a challenge you are currently facing?

The emotions of netizens were stirred by the story of an education graduate who passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) but is currently battling kidney cancer, preventing him from processing and getting his PRC ID as a proof of being a full-fledged "Licensed Professional Teacher" (LPT).

In a viral Facebook post by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Regional Office III, their surprise and admiration for Mark Baduria from Talavera, Nueva Ecija, were evident during the celebration of World Teachers' Day. According to their post, Mr. Baduria, despite battling kidney cancer, successfully took and passed the LET in October 2022.

Educ grad with serious illness receives a ‘surprise’ from PRC
Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Mark Baduria via PRC Region III

"Mr. Baduria, a kidney cancer patient from Talavera, Nueva Ecija, exhibited incredible resilience by taking the Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (LEPT) in October 2022. His unwavering commitment to his dreams paid off when he passed the examination and was able to take his oath as a professional teacher in February 2023. However, the hurdles he faced did not end there," their post stated.

Baduria reportedly requested assistance in obtaining the necessary PRC documents because his current condition prevented him from traveling. However, PRC policies require LET passers to personally process their documents.

Continuing, "Due to the formidable challenges posed by his condition, Mr. Baduria found himself unable to travel to his chosen PRC Office to claim his first Professional Identification Card (PIC), a vital document for any Professional Teacher embarking on their career."

"Undeterred, he reached out to PRC Regional Office III, requesting assistance in securing his PRC documents through a representative. Unfortunately, existing policies dictate that the initial registration transaction requires a personal appearance, creating an impasse."

But as they say, "where there is a will, there is a way."

The PRC officials were deeply moved by his story, leading to a special arrangement. The commission's officials personally visited Baduria's home to deliver his long-awaited PRC ID.

"Led by its compassionate Regional Director Paul H. Aban, and through the diligence of the Chief of the Licensure and Registration Division, Mr. John Kelvin R. Briones, PRC Regional Office III organized a special arrangement to cater to Mr. Baduria’s unique situation."

"PRC Regional Office III, exemplifying the spirit of empathy, went above and beyond to help Mr. Baduria realize his dream and grant his request that he be able to hold his PRC ID on the World Teachers’ Day."

"Director Aban personally visited Mr. Baduria on October 5, 2023, to facilitate his initial registration. Mr. Baduria not only received his Professional Identification Card (PIC); he also received his Certificate of Registration and Certification of Rating and Passing on the same day."

The PRC expressed their wishes for Baduria's full recovery and hoped he would serve as an inspiration to all.

"PRC Region 3 also wished Mark Baduria a speedy recovery and hoped that he would soon be able to practice his profession with the same passion that fueled his journey."

"Mr. Baduria’s story serves as a beacon of hope and a poignant reminder that in the face of adversity, such as this life-altering diagnosis, the determination and resilience of the human spirit can conquer even the most challenging circumstances."

"As we celebrate World Teachers’ Day, may Mr. Baduria's remarkable story serve as a source of inspiration and a testament to the power of perseverance, empathy, and the unwavering human spirit in the pursuit of knowledge and a better tomorrow," they further stated.

In an interview with The Summit Express, Baduria expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the officials of PRC Region 3 for their sympathy towards him.

"I am deeply grateful to the PRC, especially to PRC Region 3, for granting my request to hold my license on Teachers' Day. It feels so good that the dream I've been working on for years since studying is finally in my hands."

Baduria also wished to inspire others in similar situations, especially recent graduates facing challenges.

"For my fellow LPTs, teachers, and those aspiring to be teachers, let's not allow obstacles to hinder our dreams and never give up. Sometimes, we are tested to see how far we can go. Let's fight for our dreams. Just because we failed once doesn't mean we can't achieve it. Don't give up until one day you achieve it, because sometimes it feels good when something you've worked hard for becomes yours, and if this is your dream, fight for it, especially because there are many people around you to inspire and teach, helping them reach their dreams," he said.

Baduria has also issued an invitation to individuals willing to offer financial aid or any form of assistance in his fight against illness. If you're interested, you can reach out to him via his personal Facebook account.

— Richard, The Summit Express

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