Thank your teachers, even at least once a year.
This was the call of Education Secretary Armin Luistro to everyone — both students and professionals — to acknowledge their teachers’ valuable contribution in shaping minds.
“Hinihikayat ko ang buong bayan, kung puwede bang ‘wag natin kalimutan ang magpasalamat sa isang guro na nagkaroon ng kontribusyon sa inyong buhay,” Luistro said in a media briefing at the Deped main office in Pasig City.
“You can give them handmade cards, a piece of rose, call or Tweet them,” he added.
The country is celebrating the National Teachers Month with the theme “My Teacher, My Hero” and will celebrate the World Teachers’ Day on Oct. 5.
One of the goals of the campaign is to highlight the roles of teachers in nation-building and strengthening communities.
Luistro cited as example the “bayanihan” spirit of teachers when they helped victims of typhoon Sendong last year when it struck the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
Because of this, he said on Oct. 5, the World Teachers’ Day celebration will be conducted at CDO — the first time that it will be held outside Manila.
“We chose CDO kasi andaming lumitaw na magagandang kwento ng guro noong panahon ng sakuna ng typhoon Sendong doon,” he said.
“It will be dedicated to unsung teacher-heroes who, beyond the call of duty, have gone out of their way to help others rebuild their lives after the destruction wrought by Sendong,” he added.