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Chacapna: Bocatots and the ‘flower vase’ superintendent (part five)

Half Naked

AT THE middle of this column, I will answer the riddles of Sir Felix, Nino and Jaime in the previous issue. Foremost, let me induce some jokes as motivation for our dear readers. “Before the lesson, give first the motivation” is the favorite mentor slogan. But I’m not good at jokes so I’d rather give you some current ironies at Department of Education (DepEd). Recently, videos of this comfort room, turned faculty room, in one of the public schools in Cavite were circulating in the social media.

To define irony, I’m thinking of making a video also of the 1.7 million worth of comfort rooms at Baguio City National High School. But I need to ask permission first from Principal Brenda, lest she will get angry and demote my rank. On second thought, I know I cannot be demoted, neither, will I be promoted. So, shall I go “que sera sera”? Although the comfort room’s worth is in millions, most of the time it is close, for fear that the walling will be drawn with sex organs and other graffiti’s. Oh! Again, that high school life was full of fun. Actually, that city high CR is better than its crammed faculty rooms.

To make it more appealing, I might as well garnish the video with the billion “ghost classrooms” built at Irisan. Above all of the ironies, Secretary “Lenor” said that there is no money to speak of in terms of increasing teacher’s salary. But this year, twenty billion has been included in the DepEd’s budget for constructing yet another “ghost classrooms”. Principals, superintendents and all their bocatot accessories are now salivating their probable ten percent kickbacks.

And speaking of city high, someone has issued a memorandum prohibiting teachers from going out of the school in more than one hour frame. That idea is brainless and unpopular. It also steered uproars among the faculty. Not enough, because faculty members has to report in the school on some Saturdays, as required. I cannot wait to see how this “as required” will be defined and limited by the faculty union – the DepEd teacher’s union. And again speaking of DTU, my apologies to Sir Paul Colingan, the regional president, for my opinions regarding DTU, those were personal and it does not reflect what the DTU people speak of. It is my form of saying Good lucks to the elders in doing their part. As for me and some younger people, we are at times aggressive and impatient. But don’t mistake me with that young “Guivarras” bringing down the Deped government. I still need to recruit ten dedicated lieutenants to do that. Persistent revolutionaries nowadays are hard to find.

So what was the answer to Sir Felix riddle about that one long nail holding more than eight strong posts? He said the answer can be found in the counter of some bars in the city. As to the fresh eggs of Engr. Nino and the birds of Master Jaime, the explanations were miraculous. Or should I say, in between space and time, when the two eggs went down, some miracle force took effect. And to feel this miracle thing you need to at least participate in the ranking activities for promotion. Somewhere in between the lines, your papers will be lost or doctored. And superintendent Rico in the mountainous city is helpless when the “tulisans” and mafias of the personnel selection board are busy with their miracle things. Just like the “flower vase”, Superintendent Rico is down in the corner staring at how cunning his subordinates were. To be continued...


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