National Teachers' Day is October 5

Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)Image via WikipediaA vice chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture today moved to declare every 5th of October as "National Teachers' Day."

Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers) filed House Bill 4097, which sets aside a special working holiday to honor and recognize the teachers for their sacrifices.

"The teachers in our country are among the most ravaged by the worsening economic crisis. Despite hardships, such as low pay, meager benefits, difficult working conditions and minimal protection during election and census duties, our teachers still carry on, molding the minds and hearts of our country's future," Tinio said.

Under the bill, the National Teachers' Day shall be celebrated as a special working holiday every 5th of October. 

The bill mandates the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to initiate the appropriate activities.

It also requires all public and private educational institutions to give full support and assistance to all events and activities in recognition of National Teachers' Day.

Tinio said the World Teacher's Day was first inaugurated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994 to commemorate the signing on October 5, 1966 of the Joint UNESCO-International Labor Organization "Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers," a landmark document that sought to establish international standards to promote and protect the teaching profession.

"We will join the 100 countries now celebrating World Teacher's Day once this measure is enacted," Tinio said.

Tinio said the government should recognize the role of teachers in the educational and moral advancement of the youth and the importance of their contribution to the development of the society.