July 21, 2024

My lovely 80-year-old mother has been a dedicated teacher most of her working life and my lawyer father (deceased) taught for a few years in graduate school at Baguio Central University while serving as Benguet’s provincial administrator for many years.
Meanwhile, this near-sighted Ibaloy writer is currently an adjunct professor at Benguet State University’s College of Public Administration and Governance every Saturday (and enjoying every minute of it!) while toiling as a public servant at Baguio City Hall, Mondays to Fridays, for more than 30 years now.
With this in mind, it would not be a surprise that I proudly proclaim to all and sundry that teaching is truly the world’s noblest profession, bar none. It is then with absolute glee to learn that according to a news article, Malacañang will pay tribute to Filipino teachers through the “Konsyerto sa Palasyo” on Oct. 1, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) announced, claiming that it will be “a night full of music from our talented performers is our gift to our beloved teachers.” The concert will be aired live on the Konsyerto sa Palasyo Facebook account, the PCO said.
The article states that Unesco in 1994 declared Oct. 5 as World Teachers Day and that our beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos celebrates National Teachers’ Month from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5 pursuant to Proclamation 242 s. 2011. Republic Act 10743 signed in 2016 also declared the fifth day of October of every year as National Teachers’ Day. Hooray!
Again, paying tribute to our teachers and educators in whatever manner is always welcome since all (or almost all) of them truly deserve it.
Of course, granting higher wages and more benefits for our hard-working and dedicated teachers would also be another great way of giving them tribute and showing that their contributions to society are highly valued and much appreciated. Just saying. Mabuhay!
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.