Teachers Cross Rivers & Climb Mountains to Teach Aeta Indigenous Communities

Pampanga Teachers Cross Rivers & Climb Mountains to Teach Aeta Indigenous Communities

Several teachers in Pampanga were crossing rivers and climbing mountains just to teach Aeta indigenous communities.

Teachers like Diane Pingul Haban demonstrate unwavering dedication as they travel rivers and climb for more than two hours uphill to reach Mawacat Elementary School in Floridablanca, Pampanga, to teach indigenous Aeta youths.

Haban who has been teaching at Mawacat Elementary School for eight years said that they were traveling around 20 kilometers just to reach a remote area and teach students from an indigenous group.


“Minsan po ‘pag po maulan, ‘pag may truck makikisakay kami. Kapag walang truck, loader po, yung bako… Na-try na namin kolong-kolong…kuliglig, nasakyan na po namin yun lahat ng different transportation makaakyat lang po kami at para makatipid po ng lakad,” the educator said.

Aside from transportation challenges, another issue they face is the lack of school supplies and resources in the upland barangays.

However, despite these obstacles, teachers in the mountains continue to provide education. Even though they leave their own children behind at home, knowing they are well-cared for, they believe their presence is more needed at Mawacat.


They acknowledge that if they were to leave, new teachers would arrive, and it might be a culture shock for the students.

Despite personal challenges, they and their colleagues continue to provide education, inspiration and hope to indigenous Kapampangan children.

Earlier, a dedicated teacher continues to teach despite chronic kidney disease

“Wala pa pong naka-graduate na taga-[Mawacat], mostly po marami pong guma-graduate po sa Nabuclod, sa Camechille. Meron na silang teacher, pulis, sa ‘min po wala kahit isa… Pangarap ko talaga na kahit isa man lang sa kanila may mapagmamalaki na isang batang taga-Mawacat ay makaka-graduate po,” the teacher added.

The provincial government of Pampanga recognizes and honors the dedication, hard work, and sacrifices of dedicated teachers on Teacher’s Day.

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