The Philippines began its celebration of the National Teachers Month (NTM) last September 5. It will run until October 5, which had been declared by the United Nations as World Teachers Day.
This annual tradition was started in 2011 as mandated by President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 242. In connection to this, the Department of Education has released Memorandum #99-2015 as a guide for school divisions all over the country (a copy of which can be read below). DepEd is once more using the theme “My teacher, my hero” and the social media hashtag #ThankYouTeacher.
This year’s celebration aims to achieve the following objectives:
a. honor those who are in the teaching profession;
b. acknowledge and give emphasis on the crucial role, loyal service, and dedicated commitment of teachers in developing globally-minded citizens, nurturing families, strengthening communities, and building the nation;
c. revitalize the image of and respect for teaching as a vocation by increasing public awareness on the value of teachers in the Philippine society;
d. take the occasion as an opportunity in building the image of teaching as an attractive and fulﬁlling profession;
e. generate widespread support and assistance for teachers; and
f. express gratitude for the positive inﬂuences of teachers on Filipino learners
Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila.
His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education.
He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition.
Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.