HONORING TEACHERS. A learner hands a flower and a note to her teacher in a rural school in Calbiga town, Samar province during the Teachers' Day celebration on Wednesday (Oct. 5, 2022). The town of Calbiga is among the eight areas in Eastern Visayas that declared suspension of classes for the National and World Teachers' Day celebrations. (Photo courtesy of Buluan Elementary School)

TACLOBAN CITY – At least eight areas in Eastern Visayas have declared a suspension of classes on Wednesday for a more meaningful Teachers’ Day celebration.

The mayors of Palo, Carigara, Abuyog, Tolosa, Tanauan, and Jaro in Leyte; and Catbalogan City and Calbiga town in Samar province have issued executive orders suspending the holding of classes in all levels both in public and private schools.

“This is to ensure meaningful observance of this special day in honor of our teachers who play a fundamental role in guiding children, youth, and adults through the life-long learning process,” said Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla in her executive order.

Palo is a town next to Tacloban City where some major private tertiary schools are located with students coming from different parts of Eastern Visayas.

In Catbalogan City, the capital of Samar province, Mayor Dexter Uy asked the public to take time in expressing gratitude for the sacrifices of teachers.

He also urged local government offices to support Teachers’ Day activities.

“It is proper to recognize the teachers for serving as pillar of the education sector, thus contributing to the nation building,” Uy said in his directive.

In her message, DepEd Eastern Visayas Regional Director Evelyn Fetalvero said this year’s theme, “Gurong Pilipino: Dangal ng Samabayanang Pilipino,” truly embodies the commitment, dedication, and passion of teachers to serve the best interest of our learners, especially during the onset of the pandemic until this time of recovery.

“The inclusion in education requires more commitment and customized solutions in order for each and every Filipino learner to benefit from quality basic education. And these customized solutions will only be created if we, education leaders, understand the needs of our teachers in the field,” Fetalvero said.

The National Teachers' Month celebration started on Sept. 5 and culminated on Oct. 5 which is also the National Teachers’ Day and World Teachers’ Day celebration.

The celebration is under Presidential Proclamation 242 issued in 2011, which formally declared the 30-day period as National Teachers’ Month.

Republic Act No. 10743 legislated in 2016 declared Oct. 5 of every year as National Teachers' Day. (PNA)