The Teachers' Tribute pillar is the program's humble way of showing its appreciation to our dear teachers, who deserve our deepest gratitude. They endure poor teaching conditions, lack of classroom and basic facilities, low pay and benefits, and other problems to teach us everything they know. They have shown us not only brilliance of minds, but kindness of hearts full of love, and unwavering passion to teach.
For this, they merit more than verbal gesture of thanks; they deserve something special and tangible. The teachers are given the Gabay Guro Tribute Card which is distributed during trainings and events which allow them to get freebies from several teacher-friendly establishments.
The Gabay Guro program believes that it is important to enhance the skills of our teachers. They are the ones who shape the lives of our children, and therefore, our nation. The program fulfills this through one its six core pillars, the Trainings pillar.
The Trainings pillar aims to empower our teachers both personally and professionally. The Teacher's Treasure Chest training program aims to rekindle their passion for teaching and imbibe in them the timeless principles of their noble profession. The English Proficiency courses enable our teachers to be more confident in using the English language in their classes.
"The gratitude we owe your selfless dedication to shaping our minds and lives can never be repaid. But please, at least let us show our form of appreciation through Gabay Guro, the program we developed with you in mind. Allow us to send you "back to school" and give you livelihood support.
This time, kami naman ang gagabay sa inyo."
MANNY V. PANGILINAN
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES,
"It's a multiplier effect. Make one teacher feel good about himself and it rebounds to hundreds of his students. It's paying it forward, but a hundred times more effective and powerful."
CHAIRMAN, GABAY GURO
Earlier this month, the Department of Education (DepEd) formally accepted the four classroom buildings donated by the Gabay Guro project of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of telecommunications giants Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Smart Communications called PLDT-Smart Foundation.