The National Teachers’ Month celebration ended on October 5, 2017 and teachers all over the country, except perhaps in places of conflicts like Marawi, held various programs and symposiums as culminating activities.
As mandated, these activities are held precisely to emphasize the importance of teachers and learning, as well as to raise the profile and increase awareness and understanding of the teaching profession.
Fittingly enough, the government under President Duterte has underscored education’s big role in nation-building by giving the sector the highest allocation of P691.1 billion out of the P3.767-trillion budget for 2018.
Out of this allocation, a whopping P613.05 billion will go to the Department of Education, P13.5 billion for the Commission on Higher Education, and P64.6 billion for State Universities and Colleges.
The big allocation could include a salary hike for the country’s more or less 500,000 teachers, whose contributions to education and development were highlighted in this year’s celebration of the National Teachers’ Month from September 5 to October 5 as mandated by Presidential Proclamation No. 242 s. 2011.
After all, the consecration of the teachers’ lives for the education of the youth deserves the highest commendation.
To our untiring teachers, our big salute.