A teacher from Narvacan National Central High School in Ilocos Sur has to climb a mountain just to enroll students

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ILOCOS SUR — A Mathematics teacher from Narvacan National Central High School in Ilocos Sur has to climb a mountain just to enroll the students in his hometown who have no access to a stable internet connection.

The Department of Education is pushing for distance learning in the next school year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is an alternative for face-face classes and uses printed modules or delivering educational content through technology, such as internet, television or radio.

According to teacher Efren Cabotage, he volunteered to assist the students in his locality and neighboring barangays because he had been in a similar situation before.

“I printed the Learner Enrollment and Survey Form and let the students/parents/guardians fill it out, then I will be the one to enroll the students online,” Cabotage told The Philippine STAR

At first, he had to walk an hour to find a signal but he later found a good signal site near his house.

“Karamihan din kasi ng mga estudyante ay payak ang pamumuhay, kahit may smartphone ‘yung iba wala namang signal, wala namang pang-load, kaya ako na lang ang nag-enroll para sa kanila,” he added.

Cabotage said that the students expressed gratitude for his small act of kindness.

“Masaya sila kasi hindi na sila maghihirap at pupunta kung saan saan makasagap lang ng signal,” he said.