By Lalaine Marcos
THE CITY of Ormoc is ready to receive an estimated 6,500 teachers who are coming from all parts of the Philippines for the national celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5, 2018.
Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones is guest speaker of the event that will be held in the Ormoc Superdome. She will be introduced by Deped regional director Ramir V. Uytico.
Since the event is happening in Eastern Visayas, the inspiring stories of Region VIII teachers will be presented in two audio visual presentations with messages from Aniceto Sobrepeña, president of the Metrobank Foundation, and DepEd Tonisito MC Umali.
A turnover of this year’s commemorative stamp from the PhilPost will also be held. Mayor Richard Gomez will welcome the teachers and Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez who will deliver an inspirational talk.
A photo session with the two celebrity-politicians during the morning session has also been scheduled.
During the security coordination meeting held Friday, September 28, it was learned that the Ormoc City Police Office and the Philippine Army have joined hands to ensure that the conduct of the day will be smooth and peaceful. Also involved are the police, and other peacekeeping forces. The meeting was also timed for the regular meeting of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) and the City Anti Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) since the composition of the two councils are the same.
Councilor Goito Yrastorza chaired the meetings with DepEd Superintendent Manual Albaño. Also present was councilor Vincent Rama, city legal counsel Atty. Jasper Lucero and other key officials of concerned agencies.
It was also learned that around 4,100 teachers would have to be billeted in 10 schools since the city lacks enough rooms to accommodate them all. All available rooms in hotels and pension houses in Ormoc are already taken, said DepEd Supt. Manuel Albaño.
Mayor Richard Gomez said he is excited for Ormoc’s hosting the national event, as he has been positioning the city for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events (MICE) and as a tourism destination.
“Ormoc’s hosting of such events is making investors take a second look at the city. Already, we have a 100-room hotel that is coming in because they see Ormoc’s potential as a MICE and they want to be ahead in the race to accommodate our guests,” he pointed out.
Mayor Gomez also urged Ormocanons to welcome the teacher-visitors and show them why they should come and visit the city “again and again.”
The business community has also joined in the effort to make the teachers feel welcome, responding to a request of the City Council and DepEd to give Teachers’ Day discounts and promos, aside from hanging welcome tarps.