MANILA -- (UPDATE 2) The Philippine Postal Corp. unveiled Monday a special stamp in celebration of National Teachers' Month, an event that recognizes the vital role of educators as schools shift to new modes of teaching and learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The cartoon-style colored postage stamps, which were made public during the Department of Education's virtual kick-off for National Teachers' Month, showed students thanking their teachers, depicted as superheroes.
"Similar to the superheroes, teachers serve as excellent examples for younger generations to help us help them realize their full potential," Maximo Sta. Maria, officer-in-charge at the office of the assistant postmaster general for marketing and management support services, said during the event.
In a statement, the PHLPost said it printed 20,000 pieces of the stamp, designed by in-house grapchic artist Irma Jane Junio, to be sold at around P12 to P17.
To ensure the safety of stamp collectors and its employees during the pandemic, PHLPost said it launched "Stamp on Wheels," a door-to-door delivery service, which can be reached through the Pilipinas Philately Facebook page.
National Teachers' Month began last Saturday, Sept. 5, and is set to end on Oct. 5, the same date as World Teachers' Day.
This year's theme, "Gurong Filipino para sa Batang Filipino,” recognizes the dedication of teachers in delivering quality education during the coronavirus pandemic.
During the virtual kick-off, Education Secretary Leonor Briones also thanked those who are not in the teaching profession but continue to mentor learners, such as parents, relatives, and nannies, among others.
Many still go into teaching as they see the profession as a way of serving others, said Briones, citing a study conducted by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization.
Meanwhile, Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo recognized teachers' efforts in preparation for the shift to distance learning next academic year, scheduled to start on October 5.
"Sa gitna ng lahat ng preparasyon, aming pong kinikilala ang ating mga guro. Walang duda na ang lahat ng mga preparasyong ito ay hindi maipatutupad kung wala ang ating mga guro," he said.
(In the midst of all the preparation, we recognize our teachers. There's no doubt that all of these preparations would not be fulfilled if not for our teachers.)
In-person classes remain suspended to avoid exposing learners and school personnel to the risk of COVID-19, which has infected 237,000 in the country.