President Marcos recognized the sacrifices of teachers for the Filipino youth on World Teachers’ Day, saying the nation owes them an “immeasurable debt.”

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on World Teachers’ Day expressed the nation’s acknowledgment of the dedication and sacrifices made by educators for the benefit of Filipino youth.

In his message, the president said the country owed them an “immeasurable debt.”

“Happy World Teacher’s Day to our educators, to whom our nation owes an immeasurable debt,” he said in a Facebook post.

“We recognize your sacrifices for our youth and assure you that we will prioritize your welfare and that of your families,” he added.

As of academic year 2019-2020, the Department of Education had a combined teacher workforce of 836,193, encompassing those in elementary (497,200), junior high school (277,393) and senior high school (61,600) levels.

Meanwhile, Vice President Sara Duterte, who concurrently serves as education secretary, reminded teachers against any form of abuse as she brought up the incident involving Francis Jay Gumikib, who fell into a coma and died days later after allegedly being slapped by his Filipino subject teacher.

“Let me just remind you, all our teachers, that the children are entrusted to your care,” she said.

“Whether it be physical, sexual, verbal abuse, you don’t do that to children, especially those that are entrusted to your care fully by the community, by their families,” she added. John Ezekiel J. Hirro