MANILA, Philippines - At exactly 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5, at the sound of school bells, Filipino teachers nationwide will take a break from blackboard duty to give way to a special program in the classroom or school compound.
That day is World Teachers' Day, and schools all over the world will honor educators for their heroic role.
The Department of Education (DepEd) issued Department Memorandum 352, series of 2010, to mark World Teachers' Day.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro called on private and public elementary and high schools to give recognition to Filipino teachers who help mold the minds of the future generation.
“October 5 is a day to honor our teachers who play a critical role in guiding our children and in providing them lifelong learning,” said Luistro.
“Our teachers are the provider of education which is one of the basic rights of our children. And despite facing various obstacles that test their creativity and patience, they steadfastly stand by their commitment to give their mentoring best,” added Luistro.
In 2008, the Teachers Month Campaign (TMC) was established to prepare for the annual celebration of World Teachers' Day. This year's TMC, started on September 3, has the theme "My Teacher, My Hero".
TMC aims to make more people aware of the value of teachers in Philippine society and national development. It will also outline available scholarship grants and school subsidy programs.
Various establishments will also give value-added services or discounts to current and retired Filipino teachers during World Teachers' Day.
Students are also encouraged to say "Thank you" to at least one teacher who made a difference in their lives by writing a letter or sending a card.
“Saying 'thank you' is just our simple way of giving back to our teachers who have touched our lives in one way or another. If we consider our Overseas Filipino Workers as our modern-day heroes, we should also do the same to our teachers. We should have a 'Mother’s Day' type of celebration but in a grander scale,” Luistro said.