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DepEd to kick off National Teachers’ Month celebration on Sept. 9

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By Merlina Hernando-Malipot 

The Department of Education (DepEd) welcomed the celebration of the National Teachers’ Month (NTM) by highlighting the “indispensability” of teachers – especially in keeping the “humanistic aspects of education” in the midst of digital age.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones (DEPED / MANILA BULLETIN)

Education Secretary Leonor Briones
(DEPED / MANILA BULLETIN)

The DepEd lauded teachers’ role in education amid the digital age in month-long celebration of NTM from September 5 to October 5 – which is also the culmination for the National Teachers’ Day (NTD) and the World Teachers’ Day (WTD) celebrations.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that the NTM – as well as the NTD and WTD – is “just one way to express gratitude for the hard work of our teachers in helping shape the future of Filipino learners.”

As the DepEd ushers in basic education transformation in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, she noted that the agency continues to extol the “indispensability of teachers” to keep the humanistic aspects of education through these celebrations. “In this digital age, we put a premium on the crucial role of teachers as guides, managers, and listeners amid technological innovations and other emerging trends in education,” she added.

With the theme “Gurong Pilipino: Handa sa Makabagong Pagbabago,” this year’s celebration of NTM is set to kick off on September 9 at the Initao National Comprehensive High School in Misamis Oriental. During the month-long celebration, DepEd enjoined all public and private schools, schools district offices, schools division offices, and regional offices to follow the synchronized programs, projects, and activities.

DepEd noted that schools are likewise encouraged to conduct special activities, such as on-the-spot poster making, essay writing, thank you card design, and cultural performances, to enable learners to express gratitude for their teachers.

On October 5, school-based celebrations, including the recitation of A Prayer for Teachers shall be observed. The Central Office shall conduct the NTD and the WTD celebrations through a whole-day program at the Limketkai Event Center in Cagayan de Oro City.

DepEd said that the celebration is made possible in cooperation with the National Teachers’ Day Coordinating Council (NTDCC), the National Teachers’ Month Coordinating Council (NTMCC), and education stakeholders and partners who “believe in the importance of teachers in developing globally minded citizens, nurturing families, strengthening communities, and building the nation.”

The Department of Education (DepEd) welcomed the celebration of the National Teachers’ Month (NTM) by highlighting the “indispensability” of teachers – especially in keeping the “humanistic aspects of education” in the midst of digital age.

The DepEd lauded teachers’ role in education amid the digital age in month-long celebration of NTM from September 5 to October 5 – which is also the culmination for the National Teachers’ Day (NTD) and the World Teachers’ Day (WTD) celebrations.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that the NTM – as well as the NTD and WTD – is “just one way to express gratitude for the hard work of our teachers in helping shape the future of Filipino learners.” As the DepEd ushers in basic education transformation in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, she noted that the agency continues to extol the “indispensability of teachers” to keep the humanistic aspects of education through these celebrations. “In this digital age, we put a premium on the crucial role of teachers as guides, managers, and listeners amid technological innovations and other emerging trends in education,” she added.

With the theme “Gurong Pilipino: Handa sa Makabagong Pagbabago,” this year’s celebration of NTM is set to kick off on September 9 at the Initao National Comprehensive High School in Misamis Oriental. During the month-long celebration, DepEd enjoined all public and private schools, schools district offices, schools division offices, and regional offices to follow the synchronized programs, projects, and activities.

DepEd noted that schools are likewise encouraged to conduct special activities, such as on-the-spot poster making, essay writing, thank you card design, and cultural performances, to enable learners to express gratitude for their teachers.

On October 5, school-based celebrations, including the recitation of A Prayer for Teachers shall be observed. The Central Office shall conduct the NTD and the WTD celebrations through a whole-day program at the Limketkai Event Center in Cagayan de Oro City.

DepEd said that the celebration is made possible in cooperation with the National Teachers’ Day Coordinating Council (NTDCC), the National Teachers’ Month Coordinating Council (NTMCC), and education stakeholders and partners who “believe in the importance of teachers in developing globally minded citizens, nurturing families, strengthening communities, and building the nation.”

Meanwhile, DepEd has also partnered with various establishments to provide a “simple token of gratitude to teachers” as part of the NTM, NTD and WTD celebrations which include PHLPOST – “Salamat Po Teacher” letter writing raffle promo, open to the public, Kindergarten to Grade 12 from September 2019 to March 2020; discounted rate of P100 for teachers from Sept. 5 – Oct. 5 at the BenCab Museum; Teacher’s Treat promo of P700 at the Enchanted Kingdom Park and AGILA ticket, free EK souvenir, and free skill game coupons on Sept. 5 – Oct. 6; complete eyeglass package: frame (barcode price) + lens 20% off, open to all teachers with valid ID/license at the Executive Optical; free regular fries with any Value Meal purchase with valid school ID/license from Oct. 4 – 6 at Jollibee; Free webinar for teachers, open to the public on all Saturdays of October at Microsoft; free entrance to teachers + 2 companions, free gift for teachers (limited slots), 5 percent discount at gift shop (minimum purchase required) from Sept. 5 – Oct. 5 at the Museo Pambata; and free entrance to all teachers valid ID/license from Sept. 11 – 15 at the Manila International Book Fair.

As part of her 10-point agenda to expand the scope of welfare of its teaching and non-teaching personnel, Briones also reiterated DepEd’s commitment to “continuously provide adequate compensation for the invaluable contribution of teachers in the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all.”

Under the fourth tranche of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) in 2019, DepEd said that a Teacher I with Salary Grade 11 will receive a basic monthly salary of P20,754, with P2,000 worth of Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA), a monthly allowance granted to augment government employee’s pay due to the rising cost of living.

Teachers’ annual benefits also include clothing allowance in the amount of P6,000; mid-year and year-end bonuses equivalent to one-month salary each; cash gift of P5,000; productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) worth P5,000; performance-based bonus (PBB) which ranges from 50 to 65 percent of the basic monthly salary depending on the school’s performance; and cash/chalk allowance in the amount of P3,500.

Likewise, teachers also receive proportional vacation pay (PVP) equivalent to 70 days during the summer for those who have rendered full services during the school year, and Christmas vacation pay equivalent to 14 days during the holiday break. Step increment, meanwhile, is the increase in salary from step to step within the salary grade of a position due to length of service. They also receive loyalty cash incentive depending on the number of years in service (starting on the 10th year amounting to P10,000, and P5,000 after every five years).
DepEd noted that other benefits and incentives include special hardship allowance for those assigned in hardship posts or those that cannot be reached by regular means of transportation through hiking or banca/motorcycle rides, mobile teachers, and multi-grade teachers; honoraria for those with teaching overload subject to funds availability; and additional incentives/allowances from the local government unit in selected divisions.

These – DepEd stressed – were “on top” of the leave privileges, vacation service credits, and social security benefits including GSIS benefits, Retirement and Life Insurance Premiums (RLIP), and PhilHealth benefits (hospitalization, annual physical examination) afforded to them. For the 2019 WTD, teachers will also receive P1,000 bonus from the government.

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