2012 National Teacher's Month and World Teacher's Day (WTD) Theme (DepEd Memo No. 109, s. of 2012)

By Presidential Proclamation No. 479 to honor more than 500,000 teachers nationwide. However, in the Philippines Teachers' Day is actually celebrated in schools between the months of September and October (mainly elementary and secondary levels). Teachers are presented with orchid corsages by students. Groups of students representing various grade levels perform short skits or song and dance numbers, or read poetry for their teachers in front of fellow schoolmates in school-wide activities. These activities are planned by senior students in the Student Council who coordinate the activities well in advance.

Official Streamer Design
Official Logo Design

DepEd Memo No. 109, s. of 2012


The initiatives and successes of the Teacher's Month Campaign since 2008 were solidified when His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III signed Proclamation No. 242 on August 24, 2011 declaring the period from September 5 to October 5 of every year as the "National  Teacher's Month". Accordingly, the Department of Education (DepEd) will celebrate the National Teacher's Month (NTM) during the whole month of September starting on September 5, 2012 and culminating on October 5, 2012, which is the World Teacher's Day (WTD). The theme of this celebration is "My Teacher, My Hero."
It was stipulated in the memo that all schools and DepEd Offices are required to post streamers to ensure that the communities are aware of the TMC and WTD celebrations. The official streamer design and the official logo design are posted above (click each photo to enlarge):

The said design may also be acquired thru electronic copies by linking www.facebook.com/csca.deped or www.facebook.com/depedtmc, or by providing the CSCA with email addresses of the requesting DepEd offices or schools.

Other enclosures in the DepEd Memo No. 109, s. of 2012 are the following:


Giver of All Wisdom and Greatest of all Teachers,
Look upon our teachers with love

Grant them the resolve
To nurture our eager minds
And to never give up on us who fall behind

Bless their hearts
For they rejoice when we succeed
And encourage us when we fail

Endow them with gentle patience
For the path of learning is never easy

Kindle a spirit of passion in them
It is the flame that ignites the love of learning in us

Help them see the potential in each student
Their belief in us means much more than the grade we make

Instill in them a commitment to keep on learning
It shows us to not fear new knowledge and experiences

Inspire them to touch the future
They influence how big a dream we dream for ourselves

Bless our teachers who have come before
for their work endures to this day

Let the light of Your example shine upon all teachers:
To build up with their words
To love with their mind
To share with their heart


Tagapagkaloob ng Lahat ng Kaalaman at Guro ng mga guro
Bigyan po Ninyo ng pagkalinga ang aming mga guro

Biyayaan Ninyo sila ng kahandaang
Linangin ang aming murang isipan
At huwag magsawa kapag di makahabol ang turuan

Pagpalain nawa ang kanilang mga pusong
Nagdiriwang sa tuwing kami'y nagwawagi,
At nag-aalo sa tuwing kami'y nadadaig

Pagkalooban Ninyo sila ng mahinahong pagtitiyaga
Sapagkat ang landas ng kaalaman ay hindi madali

Pagningasin Ninyo sa kanila ang maapoy na diwang
Nagpapaliyab sa kagustuhan naming matuto

Tulungan Ninyo silang makita ang galing sa bawat mag-aaral
Wala sa marka ang halaga kundi sa pananalig nila

Ikintal Ninyo sa kanila ang walang pagkauhaw sa karunungan
Ang bagong kaalaman at karanasan ay di dapat katakutan

Turuan po Ninyo silang masiglang abutin ang alapaap
Kasinsigla at kasintayog ng sarili naming pangarap

Pagpalain po Ninyo ang mga gurong nauna sa amin
Ang nagawa nila ay napapakinabangan pa rin

Tanglawan po ng Iyong mabuting halimbawa ang kaguruan

Upang makapagtayo sila sa pamamagitan ng kanilang pangungusap

Upang makapagmahal sila sa pamamagitan ng kanilang isipan

Upang makapagbahagi sila sa pamamagitan ng kanilang puso

Siya nawa.

To know the aims of this year's celebration and for the the TMC and WTD synchronized programs, projects and activities and the full content of DepEd Memo No. 109, s. of 2012, you may download it here. For a poem related to this year's theme, you may follow my previous post here