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About National Teachers’ Month

The National Teachers’ Month (NTM), held from September 5 to October 5, is a movement led by Metrobank Foundation, Inc., the Department of Education (DepEd), and various multi-sectoral groups which recognize Filipino teachers and educators and their contribution in shaping the country’s future through the “My Teacher, My Hero” campaign. The overall idea of the NTM celebrations is to engage the nation in joining the celebrations by bringing out the Teacher’s Day festivities from schools and into the public sphere.

Since 2011, the NTM movement has gained momentum beginning with the Presidential Proclamation 242 which formally declared “the period from September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Month”. In 2016, the movement reached a milestone with the enactment of the Republic Act 10743, official designating “October 5 of every year as National Teacher’s Day’,” – the culminating event of the NTM celebrations.

NTM intensifies its campaign to foster a culture of appreciation among the country’s heroes and heroines in the classrooms by engaging the public as well as various sectors to recognize the Filipino teachers’ service and contribution to national development.

NTM aims to engage the public in appreciating the contributions of Filipino teachers and the nobility of the teaching profession.

NTM through the years:

2008 – The Teachers’ Month Campaign (TMC) was conceived with the theme, “Teacher Ko, Idol Ko”

2009 – TMC was re launched with the official tagline “My Teacher, My Hero”

2011 – Program proclamation No. 242 was issued, “declaring the period of September 5 – October 5 of every year as National Teacher’s Month”

2012 – Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) was invited to share the NTM initiative at the 2012 UNESCO World Teacher’s Day celebration in Paris, France

2014 – The NTM Digital Celebration was held for the first time

2015 – More than 6,000 teachers participated in the First World Teachers’ Day celebration held at the Philippine Sports Arena which was graced by His Excellency Benigno Aquino III

2016 – Republic Act No. 10743 was signed declaring October 5 declaring “National Teachers’ Day”

2017 – An NTM booth was set up at the Manila International Book Fair, where teacher-visitors entered for free and received various treats.

2018 – The NTM movement reached a decade of celebrating Filipino teachers, taking on the theme “Gratitude In10sified,” with a total of 110 organizations participating in the unified advocacy.

2019 – The NTM celebration took on the theme “I teach. What’s your superpower?” to put a spotlight on teachers as modern-day heroes who inspire lifelong learners.




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