- Teacher Elizabeth Miranda travels at least 3 hours just to arrive at her class in a remote area in Occidental Mindoro
- She crosses five rivers and walks for over an hour and a half before she arrives in her classroom
- Despite her struggles, Miranda urges herself to continue teaching whenever she sees how eager her students are to learn
Horrible traffic, enduring long queues at train stations, increasing fare rate – these are only some of the many complaints one could hear from commuters in the metro at a daily basis. While donning their corporate attires and checking their smartphones, people express their dismay about how most of the modes of transportation have yet to reach its full potential of convenience.
While they get to experience luxuries the modern era has to offer, a teacher in Occidental Mindoro crosses five rivers every day to arrive to her destination.
Elizabeth Miranda endures at least two hours’ worth of walking on top of her travel across the streams just to be able to reach her class at Sitio Barogante, a deeply remote location wherein Miranda is the only educator fit for the job. She adds that there is an option to take the mountain, but it poses a more difficult trip.
Although there are rivers in which Miranda can easily cross by foot, the others entail for the teacher to ride a lifebuoy assisted by a local. She says she can feel the men aiding her journey also struggling while pushing her to land.
Miranda recalls the first time she made her commute; the current was strong then. At one point, she even refused to return home to ensure her safety. She also confesses of how she doubts her profession from time to time, but opted to shake the worries away as she realizes the need for her students to learn.
Her classroom is a far cry from what one expects at present time. It is a humble hut wherein students as committed to their education as their teacher attend. Miranda shares how several of her pupils listen to her lessons with an empty stomach – this serves as another fuel to her passion to continue feeding them with knowledge.
The heroic teacher remains to be hopeful that her dedication would inspire others to make it their mission to do a similar cause.
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Miranda’s tale was featured on GMA-7’s ‘Front Row.’ Her commute was documented along with an interview, showing the challenges she faces in order to deliver her job.