God bless her soul
I was on the computer last night when the news about the death of one Nelly Banaag, a public school teacher serving as a member of the Board of Elections Inspectors in Taysan, Batangas was aired. She, together with Leticia Ramos, a poll watcher, died when the school they were in was allegedly burned by two men.
Six others were wounded during the fire, including Banaag's daughter Ritchel and the chair of the BEI, teacher Sally Villena. Villena is currently confined at Our Lady of Mediatrix Hospital and is reportedly in good condition.
DepEd secretary Jesli A. Lapus condemned the dastardly act and announced that he has ordered the immediate processing of teacher benefits for Banaag and Villena.
We will exhaust all measures to provide all the benefits due to the
family of the deceased... It's the least we can do for her and those she had left behind.
Taachers are looked at with respect and high esteem in other cultures and yet, here in our country, they are being disparaged for being miserable, unprofessional, selling tocino concurrently with teaching, often looked down to by rich folks when they cross paths like when their child received a low grade or being suspended for a wrong deed, etc.
The teacher's fate is even more degraded during elections when arrogant politicos or their goons accuse them of cheating. And to think they are ready to risk life and limb just to protect the sanctity of the ballot. Never mind that they can barely make both ends on the paltry sum they receive. Never mind that they have to work late just to make sure they have done their job. But at least show them respect. They are heroes worthy of the highest accolade.
I know the DepEd has promised support to the families but in my opinion, that is not enough. It should use all its resources to find the perpetrators and give justice to their death.