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MANILA – Speaker Martin Romualdez on Wednesday extended his warmest greetings and thanks to all Filipino teachers as he joined the nation in celebrating National Teachers’ Day.

“This special occasion aptly reminds us of the great services that our teachers contribute in value-formation and nation-building throughout the years,” he said in a brief message.

“Sa aming mga guro, maraming salamat po sa inyong malasakit at serbisyo (To our teachers, thank you very much for your devotion and service). Your commitment to duty and diligent efforts, especially in the age of pandemic, is deeply appreciated. Hindi po namin malilimutan ang lahat ng naituro ninyo (We will never forget everything that you taught). You will remain in our hearts forever,” he added.

The House leader said pointed out that the role and importance of teachers in the development of students, and society in general, are not recognized every day.

“I encourage all to make it our solemn duty to pay tribute to teachers and thank them for their contributions whenever given the chance to do so,” Romualdez said.

He assured teachers that the House of Representatives in the 19th Congress “will remain steadfast in finding ways and means to legislate laws that will protect the rights of Filipino teachers and promote your welfare.”

“God bless, our dear teachers, and may the Lord continue to shower you with his love and affection. Mabuhay po kayong lahat!” Romualdez said.

National Teachers’ Day, celebrated October 5 simultaneously with World Teachers’ Day, is the culmination of National Teachers’ Month (NTM).

The country started its celebration of the NTM per Proclamation No. 242, series of 2011, “to honor those in the teaching profession and acknowledge their commitment in developing globally-minded citizens, nurturing families, strengthening communities, and building the nation.” (PNA)