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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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DepEd campaigns for greater awareness on patriotism, valor among personnel, learners

PASIG CITY, April 28, 2018 – The Department of Education (DepEd), in close coordination with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), continuously inculcates the value of patriotism and valor through spearheading and taking part in various activities during the recent Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week celebrations.

Anchored on the theme, “Kagitingan at Pagmamahal sa Pilipinas Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago,” the celebrations aimed to instill in the minds and hearts of the Filipino people, especially the youth, that the freedom the Filipinos enjoy today was nourished by the blood and sacrifices of the veteran forefathers.

The celebrations also aimed to present our veterans as among the country’s national treasures; revive kagitingan or the culture of heroism and love for country which the Filipino race has been known for, essentially because of our veterans’ valor and selfless sacrifices; and strengthen our collective sense of national pride and patriotism.

Among the activities participated in by the learners, with the assistance of their respective coaches, are the painting and essay writing competitions led by the External Partnerships Service-Special Events Unit (EPS-SEU) and were joined by Grades 7 to 10 learners enrolled in any public secondary schools nationwide.

This year’s competition winners are the following:

National Creative Painting Competition:

First Prize – Shena Rain D. Libranda
School: Gumaca National High School
Region: CALABARZON Division: Quezon
Coach: Emmanuel O. Enero

Second Prize – Eric James E. Balanquit
School: Batasan Hills National High School
Region: NCR Division: Quezon City
Coach: Raymond B. Poblador / Ivy R. Baitlon

Third Prize – Mayshelle Janzenne A. Reyes
School: Ramon Magsaysay High School
Region: NCR Division: Quezon City
Coach: Susana Tolentino

National Essay Writing Contest:

First Prize – Ma. Princess Anne S. Curioso
Title: Bayaning Beterano sa Bayang Malaya
School: Gumaca National High School
Region: CALABARZON Division: Quezon
Coach: Ronald V. Andanar

Second Prize – Erika Marie G. Javines
Title: Tinig ng Liwayway sa Bayani ng Kahapon
School: Navotas National High School
Region: NCR Division: Navotas City
Coach: Felix B. Ternida Jr.

Third Prize – Ken Bein Mar L. Caballes
Title: Pugay Kamay para sa Makabayang Tagumpay
School: Caraga Regional Science High School
Region: Caraga Division: Surigao City
Coach: Alfe S. Lito

The winners received their awards during the Araw ng Kagitingan celebration on April 9 at the Mt. Samat National Shrine, Pilar, Bataan, graced by Undersecretary Tonisito Umali and other DepEd officials and personnel.

Likewise, various activities were conducted at the school level that highlighted the courage and patriotism of the veterans such as the integration of the said topic in classroom and round table discussion, and the conduct of simple campus program participated in by the learners.

Moreover, other activities attended and participated in by DepEd officials, personnel, and learners to further raise awareness on the said celebrations were:

  • Sunrise Ceremony on April 5 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City
  • Wreath-Laying Ceremony on April 5 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City
  • Review in Honor of the Veterans on April 5 at the Philippine Army Headquarters, Taguig City
  • Tribute to all Filipino Heroes on April 7 at Corregidor Island, Cavite (wreath-laying ceremony led by Usec. Umali, with PVAO and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officials)
  • Paggunita sa Capas at the Capas National Shrine, Capas, Tarlac
  • Sunset Ceremony on April 11 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City

These efforts are pursuant to the DepEd Memorandum No. 42, series of 2018, or the 76thAraw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans Week Celebration, which is available online at

DepEd Chief convenes employee associations on Labor Day

May 1, 2018

CLARK, PAMPANGA May 1, 2018 – In time for the celebration of Labor Day, and in order to strengthen support for the Department of Education’s (DepEd) priority programs, its employee groups and associations from all over the country shall convene today for the 1st DepEd Employee Associations (DEA) Congress at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark, Pampanga.

With the theme, “Sulo: Blazing the Paths for One DepEd,” the two-day Congress aims to provide an avenue for the DepEd management and employee associations to interact and collaborate in promoting employee welfare and development. This is consistent with the thrust of DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones of active, consultative, and collaborative leadership.

The groups in attendance include the Association of DepEd Directors (ADD); Association of ESSD Chiefs of the Philippines (AECP); Baguio Teachers’ Camp Employees Association (BTCEA); DepEd Dentists Association (DEDA); DepEd Medical Society (DEMS); DepEd National Association of Employees in the Administrative Service (NASEAS); DepEd National Employees’ Union (DepEd-NEU); DepEd National Nurses Association (DENNA); DepEd National Supply Officers Association (DENSOA); DepEd Nutritionists-Dieticians’ Association (DENDA); DepEd Partnership of Employees and Non-Teaching Staff (DepEd PENS); Educational Facilities Planners Council of the Philippines, Inc. (EFaPCOPi); National Association of Public Secondary School Heads, Inc. (NAPSSHI); Philippine Association of Schools Superintendents (PASS); Philippine Elementary School Principals Association (PESPA); Public Schools District Supervisors Association (PSDSA); School Governance and Operations Division Chiefs Association of the Philippines (SGODCAP); Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC-DepEd employees); DepEd Cooperatives (Coops); National Organization of Professional Teachers, Inc. (NOPTI); National Association of DepEd Accountants, Inc. (NADEAI); Information Technology Officers Association of the Philippines (ITO AsPH); Regional Teachers’ Associations; Philippine Public School Teachers Association (PPSTA); PEACE – Association of CES Officials; Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Union – NCR; Legal Officers and Attorneys of DepEd (LOAD); Philippine Association of Technical Assistance Providers (PATAP); and National Association of Public Secondary Schools of the Philippines, Inc. (NAPSSPHIL).

Spearheaded by the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD), with the guidance of Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua and Assistant Secretary Revsee Escobedo, the pioneer conduct of the congress shall highlight the five key priority areas for employee welfare and development including Magna Carta benefits, financial literacy, working conditions, health and wellness programs, and livelihood/cooperatives. Highlights of the event shall also include the signing of the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) by the DepEd management and the DepEd-NEU, and the symbolic covenant signing of support.

Ultimately, the Congress aims to gather policy and program recommendations on the identified priority areas as part of the ten-point agenda of DepEd, specifically on expanding employee welfare.


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