PASIG CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) kicked off National Teachers’ Month (NTM) to honor teachers and their various contributions at MacArthur Park in Palo, Leyte, on August 30.
With the theme “Gurong Pilipino: Turo Mo, Kinabukasan Mo”, the month-long celebration, which will last from September 5 to October 5, will consist of festivities that will all lead up to World Teachers’ Day on October 5. Consequently, World Teachers’ Day will also be observed as National Teachers’ Day in the Philippines.
According to Education Secretary Leonor Briones, the four-week long celebration is also being held to celebrate the importance and contributions of teachers to the community, particularly through their roles in raising competitive learners and nation-building.
“Through this occasion,” she said, “we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dearest teachers who treat learners as their own children, who devote themselves to the lifelong mission of combating illiteracy, and who work above and beyond the call of duty.”
Under the National Teachers’ Month, all regional, schools division offices, and public and private schools across the country are expected to celebrate activities related to the celebration such as cultural performances, arts and compositions writing contests for learners, and other festivities that bring into light the important role of teachers in society.
Organized by DepEd, the National Teachers Day Coordinating Council (NTDCC), the National Teachers Month Coordinating Council (NTMCC) and other stakeholders, the event will culminate in a grand World Teachers’ Day at Ormoc City Superdome in Leyte, which is also expected to be attended by various teacher-representatives, officials, stakeholders, and other guests from different regions around the country.
In line with Teachers’ Month, DepEd is also granting more benefits and compensations to deserving teachers, such as a basic monthly salary of P20,754 for Teacher I employees with Salary Grade 11, along with a monthly allowance of P2,000 worth of Personal Economic Relief Allowance (PERA); a clothing allowance of P6,000 as part of a teacher’s annual benefits; special hardship allowance for teachers assigned in far-flung areas; productivity enhancement incentives worth P5,000; and Step increments, which are increases in salaries based on the teachers’ numbers of years in service.
Compensations from DepEd’s public and private partners have also offered teachers numerous benefits in light of the celebration.
Aside from DepEd authorities, the NTDCC is also composed of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), and other government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), along with other private companies and organizations.