BUTUAN CITY, AGUSAN DEL SUR, October 5, 2023 – Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte hailed teachers across the country for being the ‘architects of dreams’ of Filipino learners during the celebration of National Teachers’ Day 2023 on Thursday.

“You play a vital role in shaping not only the minds of our youth but also in molding the future of our nation. You are the guiding lights that illuminate the path to knowledge, understanding, and personal growth,” VP Duterte said.

The Vice President, who is also the concurrent Secretary of Education, reaffirmed DepEd’s commitment to supporting and uplifting teachers’ lives.

“As a way of ensuring that the Department of Education listens to your pleas, we have taken substantial steps to address some, if not all of your concerns,” she shared.

Duterte noted that the Department ensured that this year’s school calendar includes a well-deserved break of 30 consecutive days, free from any DepEd activities that require volunteer work.

In addition, VP Sara also shared that an interim guideline is being prepared to significantly and immediately reduce the administrative workload of teachers.

“This will free up your time and energy, enabling you to fully focus on the education and development of your students,” she said.

Furthermore, VP Sara mentioned that DepEd procured Personal Accident Insurance through the GSIS to provide coverage for all teachers and DepEd personnel. The insurance cover offers up to Php 100,000 for accidental death or dismemberment and up to Php 30,000 per year for medical reimbursement due to injuries sustained in accidents.

DepEd also recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with GSIS to guarantee a dedicated and exclusive lane for teachers in all its branches and establish a specialized team to ensure that teachers’ concerns are being given proper attention.

In cooperation with GSIS, DepEd will also develop a Supplemental Health Insurance cover, ensuring comprehensive support for teachers’ health needs.

In terms of recruitment and promotion, VP Sara shared that an automated system for objective selection is being prepared by the Department to ensure a fair and equitable process for the education workforce.

“On this World Teachers Day, we are coming together to express our gratitude and admiration for you, our teachers. We celebrate the lives you touch, the minds you shape, and the futures you mold. You are the unsung heroes, the guardians of knowledge, and the catalysts for change,” she said.