Benguet sets last Friday of September as Teachers' Day

By Primo Agatep

May 4, 2018, 10:03 pm

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Provincial Board of Benguet has approved an ordinance declaring the last Friday of September of every year as Teacher’s Day.

Provincial Ordinance No.15-170 primarily aims to honor teachers and provide a venue for active participation of teachers in the celebration of the national teacher’s month.

The ordinance also awards qualified teachers for their length of service, exemplary achievements, and outstanding performance; and allows teachers to conduct activities that will make them feel the importance of their role in molding students into responsible citizens.

The ordinance covers teachers engaged in teaching in public or private schools, whether full-time or part-time, permanent or contractual. It includes industrial arts or vocational teachers and those performing supervisory and administrative functions in schools.

The ordinance, principally authored by provincial board member Johnny Waguis, is anchored on Proclamation No. 242, declaring the period from September 5 to October 5 of every year as “National Teachers Month” in the Philippines.

Half a million pesos from the provincial government's general fund or from the school board of Benguet has been allotted for the month-long celebration, specifically for activities like programs, seminars and the like.

The amount is higher than the old allocation of PHP300,000 for teachers' month activities..

“We know pretty well that teaching is a very noble profession and honoring them is one way to acknowledge their hard work and sacrifices,” Board member Robert Namoro, who was one of the city resolution's proponents, said in an interview on Friday.

He added the bigger fund allocation was requested by the teachers, themselves, for the conduct of activities on the occasion. (PNA)