Public school teachers all over the Philippines are set to receive a Php 1,000 incentive on World Teachers Day. 

In an announcement released on Tuesday (August 10), the Department of Education (DepEd) said the World Teachers’ Day Incentive Benefit (WTDIB) has been approved by the Duterte administration. 

More than 900,000 educators across the archipelago will receive the bonus and a budget of Php P910 million has already been reserved for it. 

According to the education agency, the release of the incentive aims to recognize the vital role that Filipino instructors play in shaping the youth, specifically at this vulnerable time.

“The grant of [World Teachers’ Day Incentive Benefit] recognizes the vital role of our educators in addressing the challenges of the pandemic, especially in ensuring the continuity of learning,” DepEd said.

“With the ongoing preparations for School Year 2021-2022, we are grateful to our 900,000-strong teachers who have displayed their unwavering passion to serve and educate the Filipino youth,” the department added. 

The WTDIB was introduced by the current Secretary of Education Leonor Magtolis Briones. Guidelines for the distribution of the incentive will be released by the department soon. 

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually across the globe every October 5. 

As of the latest, classes in public schools for School Year 2021 to 2022 are scheduled to start on September 13. It will still be delivered through a distance learning setup. 

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