SHS implementation exceeds expectations, seeks sustained support

May 10, 2018

PASIG CITY, May 10, 2018 – With the Duterte administration investing heavily in the Senior High School (SHS) Program, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones highlighted on Thursday that results of the first two years of implementation have exceeded expectations.

“We acknowledge that there are still challenges, but the support of our President, the Cabinet, and our stakeholders, in spite of the rallies held and cases filed, is overwhelming that the initial results surpassed our expectations,” the Secretary noted.

When SHS was first implemented in School Year (SY) 2016-2017, the Department expected 700,000 enrollees in Grade 11 but around 1.5 million learners actually enrolled.

Two years hence, and with the completion of the first batch of SHS learners in 2018, DepEd has provided either free or highly subsidized SHS education to 2,733,460 learners in public and private schools for SY 2017-2018. The Department supplemented the free public school system with financial subsidies amounting to a total of P21,567,932,876 in SY 2017-2018.

Of the total amount, P20,692,903,776 funded the education of 1,207,416 SHS Voucher Program (SHS VP) Beneficiaries in private schools/state universities and colleges (SUCs)/local universities and colleges (LUCs). Furthermore, 54,604 DepEd SHS learners taking the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) Track were able to take their specialization subjects in private institutions through the Joint Delivery Voucher Program for SHS-TVL (JDVP-TVL) amounting to P875,029,100.

In regard to Transition Rate following the implementation of SHS, the proportion of Grade 10 completers who proceeded to Grade 11 registered an impressive 93% compared to the Transition Rate of 4th year high school graduates to college, which consistently went below 50%.

The end of SY 2017-2018 welcomed the first batch of 1,252,357 SHS graduates. All SHS learners, especially the 38% who finished the TVL Track, gained significant workplace exposure through the Work Immersion and a definite edge over job applicants who did not undergo SHS. Furthermore, the chances of these learners in securing jobs at the company where they had work immersion are better as these companies typically take in applicants whom they have already trained.

The Department has also put in place initiatives to enhance employment prospects, such as job fairs for SHS graduates; introduction of new and unique tracks; campaigns for the public sector to re-evaluate hiring guidelines; and DepEd’s thrust to use the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) Act (Republic Act No. 10968) as a platform to institutionalize government, industry and education sector (GIE) coordination and partnerships.

In its continuous effort to boost opportunities for SHS graduates, the Department calls on the public, GIE, and stakeholders to sustain the support and strengthen coordination to address challenges in the economic structure, job creation and matching, and market recognition.

“The responsibility of improving the employability of SHS graduates, and their life options in general, is not solely on DepEd; if it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes strong partnership and strategic coherence of both public and private sectors to develop and recognize our graduates’ competencies, and to enable them to become the productive and effective nation builders that we envision them to be,” the Education chief concluded.


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DepEd, other agencies declare readiness for 2018 local polls

May 9, 2018

QUEZON CITY, May 9, 2018 – The Department of Education (DepEd), together with other government agencies, announced its readiness for an orderly and peaceful conduct of the 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections where some DepEd personnel will volunteer to render poll duties.

Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua highlighted the efforts of the Department to ensure the safety of teachers during the National Day of Prayer, Declaration of the State of Readiness, and Signing of Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) held on May 7 at the Philippine National Police Multi-Purpose Hall, Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Kami po ay nakahanda na para sa darating na halalan sa Mayo 14… More than 300 DepEd personnel and officials will give support to our teachers who will serve in the local elections, through our Election Task Force (ETF) and Monitoring Center,” Pascua underscored.

Ito pong task force na ito ay gagawin din sa bawat rehiyon, hindi lamang sa ating Central Office, upang masiguro na ang ating mga kaguruan ay kaagarang mabibigyan ng sapat na impormasyon at ng technical and legal assistance kung kinakailangan,” he further stated.

The DepEd ETF and Monitoring Center will be reactivated from May 13 to 15 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd-Central Office in Pasig City. Likewise, regional and division offices are encouraged to set up their respective ETF and monitoring centers.

During the same event, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and DepEd signed the MOA which aims to protect and promote the welfare of DepEd personnel on the conduct of local elections, and to ensure that the law, in regard to their honoraria, allowances, and other benefits, is properly observed.

Recently, Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones appealed to COMELEC that teachers who opt to render their time, energy, and safety to ensure the integrity of the ballot must not be encumbered by tax on their meager allowance.

Furthermore, PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde announced that they will also put up a national task force which will provide “strategic directions to all police operations with regard to all election related programs and activities.”

“We are also conducting regional inspections to check the operational readiness of our men on the ground… We want to maintain our best practices during the 2016 national elections and do even better security operations for this barangay and SK elections,” he added.

Other agencies and organizations present at the event were the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Philippine Red Cross, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

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Briones to employee associations: We belong to one organization

May 1, 2018

CLARK, PAMPANGA, May 1, 2018 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones called on some 450 members and representatives of its 27 employee groups and associations from all over the country to continuously pursue the Department’s mandates, uphold its core values of “Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan, at Makabansa,” and be the embodiment of “One DepEd.”

The Education Chief reiterated this during the 1st DepEd Employee Associations (DEA) Congress held at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark, Pampanga.

“We believe that the time has come for us all to get together. After all, we belong to one organization, and this is the Department of Education,” Briones emphasized.

Pioneer gathering
The Secretary took pride in the first ever gathering of DepEd employees including “teachers, dentists, doctors, engineers, superintendents, supervisors, principals…ang kulang na lang dito ay pupils and learners natin…to exchange views, make recommendations, and respond to each other on how to further improve employee welfare.”

Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua dubbed the event as a success, “Ito ay isang pambihirang tagumpay na maituturing kung saan ang pangunahing kinatawan ng manggagawa at namamahala ay nagkaisa sa diwa ng konsultasyon bilang magkakaibigan, magkakasama, iisang pamilya.

In addition to the Secretary’s keynote address, the other highlight of the two-day congress was the ceremonial signing of the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) between the DepEd management and the DepEd National Employees’ Union (DepEd-NEU).

Public sector unionism
Earlier in the week, the Office of Undersecretary Pascua spearheaded the DepEd National Conference on Public Sector Unionism and Workshop on Collective Negotiation Agreements at Lohas Hotel in Clark, Pampanga from April 27 to May 1.

The conference and workshop provided DepEd Regional Managers with a comprehensive course on CNA analysis, negotiation strategies and tactics, contract preparation, sharing of experiences, and post-negotiation reportorial requirements, among others.

The participants also joined the employee associations in the nearby DEA Congress for the joint session in celebration of Labor Day.

“What you are doing – sacrificing your May 1 holiday to sit here and to discuss, to argue, and to debate on what is best for the DepEd employees – will not be put to waste, because indeed, we are going to take them very very seriously,” the Secretary enthused.

Other Executive Committee members present in the events include Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla, Undersecretary Victoria Catibog, Undersecretary Lorna Dig-Dino, Undersecretary Jesus Mateo, and Assistant Secretary Revsee Escobedo.


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