In 2008, inspired by the celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5 of every year that was declared by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1993, Br. Armin Luistro F.S.C., then President of De La Salle Philippines together with Metrobank Foundation Inc., President Aniceto “Chito” Sobrepeña spearheaded the Teachers Month Campaign (TMC), in recognition of Filipino teachers and educators and their contribution in shaping the country’s future leaders. With the theme, “My Teacher, My Hero”, the celebration of teachers’ everyday heroism has continued ever since.
2011 and 2012 served as banner years for the campaign as President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Presidential Proclamation 242, declaring “the period from September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Month.” Thus, the campaign is re-launched as National Teachers’ Month (NTM), this time with a NTM Coordinating Council at the helm, co-chaired by current DepEd Secretary Luistro and former Cabinet Secretary Sobrepeña. The Council is composed of various government agencies, educational institutions, private companies and non-government organizations, all sharing the advocacy of appreciating teachers through various unique initiatives.