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Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir: Providing decent work for Filipino teachers

Seventeen teachers who returned to the country after working as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) each received P10 thousand worth of teaching kits from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I in January. 

The kits come from “Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir,” a project under the DOLE’s National Reintegration Program which encourages OFWs who passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers to stay in the Philippines and practice their profession as public school teachers. The SPIMS is implemented together with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Professional Regulation Commission and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. 

“Our teachers are definitely among the best in the entire world. We want them to impart their expertise and talents in our own country,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said. 

The kits consist of voice aid lapel, tablet, calculator, 13GB SD card and assorted school supplies such as pens, chalk, bond paper and board eraser, among others. 

Laarni Banaag, resident of Bayambang, Pangasinan and one of the beneficiaries, left her promising career as Assistant Principal of Rainbow School in San Carlos City only to be maltreated in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  She sought shelter from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and through the SPIMS, the licensed teacher who is also a registered nurse, landed a Teacher I position at the Lilimasan Elementary School, San Carlos City.  She has been teaching at the said school since January 3, 2017. 

As advice to other teachers, Laarni said: “Huwag na lang silang mag-abroad kasi malaki rin ang kita ng mga guro dito sa ‘Pinas.” 

Other beneficiaries of the teaching kits are licensed teachers from Urdaneta City, Umingan, Prozorrubio, Sison, Laoac, Dagupan City, Mangaldan and Mabini, Pangasinan; San Emilio, Nagbukel and Candon City, Ilocos Sur; Piddig and Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. 

The SPIMS caters to OFWs who returned to the Philippines in the last three years and had teaching experience in the past five years. 

Those whose teaching experience was interrupted for more than five years, or those who have no teaching experience at all, will need to undergo an online refresher course. 


For further details on SPIMS, those interested may check END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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