MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) urged Filipinos to look kindly at the country’s teachers as the world celebrates Teachers’ Day on Friday, October 5.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro is set to lead the country’s celebration of the 2012 World Teachers’ Day in Limketkai, Cagayan de Oro City to highlight the heroism of teachers during the onslaught of tropical storm “Sendong” last year.
“All of us were once students and we all have at least one teacher who has made a difference in our lives and to whom we owe who we are today,” Luistro said in a statement released Wednesday.
He also asked the public to say “thank you” to their teachers and give them the recognition they deserve.
“I do believe that if only we, as a nation, learn to appreciate the value of teachers, the rest of our needs (as a nation) will be provided much easier. A nation that is unable to appreciate the contribution of a teacher is a nation that is unable to see a bright future,” he explained.
President Benigno Aquino III has declared September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Month through Proclamation 242, which was signed last year.
DepEd said it continues to look for ways to celebrate the teaching profession as it taps schools, companies, media, foundations and local government units.