PLDT-Smart Foundation’s flagship advocacy program for teachers, Gabay Guro, continues to grow. Now on its 12th year, a star-studded Grand Gathering and launch of the Gabay Guro App is set on September 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
To be sure, Gabay Guro is gathering over 20,000 teachers from all over the country anew for a star-studded Teachers’ Tribute headlined by country’s biggest stars including Aegis, Angeline Quinto, Christian Bautista, Eat Bulaga BakClash, Eat Bulaga Broadway Boys, Edward Barbers, Erik Santos, Darren Espanto, Gabby Concepcion, Ian Veneracion, Jaya, Jay-R, Jayson Dy, Jed Madela, Jona, K Brosas, Klarisse De Guzman, Kyla, Kuh Ledesma, Martin Nievera, Maymay Entrata, Moira dela Torre, Piolo Pascual, Pops Fernandez, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Zephanie Dimaranan.
In support for the Gabay Guro, talent managements Cornerstone Entertainment Inc. and Eat Bulaga enlisted their celebrity talents to perform for the Grand Gathering as volunteers. The event will be hosted by Jose and Wally and Dimples Romana.
At the Grand Gathering, teachers will also get a chance to win exciting prizes from sponsor such as cash prizes, livelihood packages, brand new vehicles and a house and lot as the major prize. The event is exclusive to teachers who can avail their free tickets from theil local Department of Education (DepEd) unit.
“Gabay Guro continues to develop innovative programs for our teachers and our partners in nation-building,” Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla said. “Every year, it is our great honor to be able to give back to our teachers through a grand tribute and we always look forward to continuing this mission and empower them through Gabay Guro’s previously 6 and now 7 core pillars of learning.”
Since 2007, Gabay Guro has been empowering teachers across the country through its seven key pillars: housing and educational facilities; scholarships; trainings; livelihood programs; broadbanding and computerization; annual Teacher’s Tribute; and the newly launched innovations pillar.
The new Innovations Pillar of Gabay Guro aims to reinforce the digital transformation for Filipino teachers, school leaders, and stakeholders by equipping them with new modes of teaching and the latest technology that will enable them to create, grow, and evolve their craft for the benefit of their students.
Backed by this new learning pillar, Gabay Guro introduces an exclusive application for teachers that will provide e-learning content and interactive technology and ready-to-use online tools that are aligned with the DepEd and Commission on Higher Education curriculum. This will provide teachers with the latest and easily accessible educational resources right at their fingertips.
Since its founding, Gabay Guro has built and donated 47 classrooms nationwide and provided over 1,770 scholarship grants through its 57 partner schools, which have been equipped with new computers and broadband connectivity. Of its scholars, 1,013 have graduated, with 343 finishing with honors. About 680 graduates have also passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers.
Over the years, more than 60,000 educators have also benefitted from Gabay Guro’s nine regular training programs including: Teacher’s Treasure Chest; English Proficiency Program; Personality Development; Emotional Intelligence; Teachers’ Armor; Leadership Training; IT Sustainability and Literacy; Teaching in the Digital Age; and Unleashing Creativity in Teaching. Gabay Guro also links schools to communities and industries through workshops and seminars. This helps promote an innovative mindset and unlocks opportunities for teachers, school leaders and staff.
Gabay Guro also holds Teachers’ Tribute in different provinces in the Philippines. Through the “Teacherfest,”, Gabay Guro’s satellite and localized tribute celebration with teachers in key cities around the country, more teachers from remote areas are able to share in the fun and frivolity. Gabay Guro has successfully mounted the Teacherfests in the provinces including Metro Cauayan Isabela, Santa Rosa Laguna, Bataan, Butuan, Bulacan, Navotas, and Davao.
1 Chaye Cabal-Revilla, Gabay Guro Chairperson
2 Cabal-Revilla with Noelle Aujero, Foton’s head of Marketing; Miriam Ochoa Inlife Sheros’ chief marketing officer; and John Yanez, Gabay Guro’s head of Tribute Pillar