LIKE other well-meaning Filipinos, we doff our hats to the country’s teachers who, together with the millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), are among the so-called modern-day heroes.
In fact, these overworked but underpaid professionals have remained steadfast and resolute in attaining their dream of developing our youngsters into highly-productive and law-abiding citizens.
So, it is just and proper for the government and the private sector to pay tribute to these men and women during this year’s celebration of National Teachers’ Month (September 5 to October 5).
Undersecretary Austere Panadero of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said local government units (LGUs) should take the lead in promoting a culture of gratitude to mentors.
“Teachers cultivate knowledge and inspire their students to think creatively. They plant the seeds of innovation and change, the key ingredients for our nation to continue to move forward and soar high,” said Panadero.
We agree with the DILG official that with their great contribution, the country’s public and private teachers could be no less than heroes for helping build this impoverished Southeast Asian nation of 100 million people.
One of the highlights of this year’s celebration of National Teachers’ Month is the nationwide “National Prayer for Teachers” and the “Ringing of Bells,” which will be held at 10:05 a.m. on October 5.
During the month-long celebration, LGUs may sponsor programs to honor teachers in their respective communities through special presentations and messages from students and other groups.
Likewise, LGUs are encouraged to request commercial establishments, including retail outlets, to offer discounts/freebies or special promos for our teachers.
This, in our view, is one way of saying “Thank you, Teacher.”