Buwan ng Wika Theme 2019

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Buwan ng Wika (Language Month) is celebrated in the Philippines every month of August. This year’s Theme is Wikang Katutubo: Tungo sa Isang Bansang Filipino.

With DepEd Memorandum 094 s. 2019, the department reiterates the following key objectives for Buwan ng Wika celebration:

  1. ganap na maipatupad ang Pampanguluhang Proklamasyon Blg. 1041 s. 1997;
  2. mahikayat ang iba’t ibang ahensiyang pampahalaan at pampribado na makiisa sa mga programang tulad nito na nagpapataas ng kamalayang pangwika at sibiko; at
  3. maganyak ang mga mamayang FIlipino na pahalagahan ang wikang pambansa sa pamamagitan ng aktibong pakikilahok sa mga gawain kaugnay ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.

Banner for tarpaulin printing can be used as below:

To download the DepEd Memorandum, click here.

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Policy Guidelines on Official Mobile Phones, Postpaid Lines & Prepaid Loads

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The Department of Education has released DO 017 s. 2019 also known as Guidelines on the Provision and Use of Official Mobile Phones, Postpaid Lines and Prepaid Loans. This DepEd Order can be downloaded here, published last 18 July 2019.

The use of ICT equipment such as mobile phones is essential in carrying out the diverse tasks and responsibilities in workplaces especially in DepEd. Mobile phones complemented with provision on postpaid lines and prepaid loads allow the DepEd officials and other personnel concerned to have immediate communication with clients and stakeholders, and enable them to respond to time-sensitive issues and concerns.

This policy aims to rationalize and regulate the provision and use of mobile phones, postpaid lines and prepaid loads for authorized regular DepEd officials and personnel concerned at the Central Office, Regional offices, Schools Division Offices and public schools.

  1. This provision shall not be treated as allowance, but as an expense subject to reimbursement or liquidation procedure requiring submission of the corresponding billing statements and/or official receipts.
  2. The postpaid line and prepaid load shall be provided to officials, and to other personnel holding regular positions in the DepEd agency staffing pattern who have been duly designated by the competent authorities to perform the duties and responsibilities as Officers-in-Charge of such positions.
  3. The authorized/eligible recipients and their maximum monthly provision for the postpaid line and prepaid load are as follows:
Central OfficeOffice and PositionMonthly Ceiling (Php)
Assistant Secretary5,000.00
Director IV4,000.00
Director III3,000.00
Division Chief2,500.00
Assistant Division Chief1,000.00
Allowable provision for the staff of the Office of the Secretary – Proper5,000.00
Allowable provision for the staff of the Office of the Undersecretary3,000.00
Allowable provision for the staff of the Office of the Assistant Secretary2,000.00
Allowable provision for the staff of the Office of the Director1,000.00
Regional OfficeRegional Director (RD)4,000.00
Assistant Regional Director3,000.00
Division Chiefs2,500.00
Education Program Supervisor500.00
Allowable provision for other RO personnel authorized by the RD8,000.00
School Division OfficeSchool Division Superintendent3,000.00
Assistant School Division Superintendent2,500.00
Division Chief2,000.00
Education Program Supervisor500.00
Public Schools District Supervisor500.00
School Head/Principal300.00
Allowable provision for other SDO personnel authorized by the SDS8,000.00

Upkeep of Mobile Phone Units

  1. The eligible recipient shall exercise due care in the use of the DepEd-issued mobile phone unit.
  2. In cases where the unit needs to be repaired, the official or personnel concerned shall directly proceed to the service provider for the repair of the unit.
  3. All expenses for the repair and maintenance of the DepEd-procured and issued mobile phone unit that are not covered by the warranty shall be on personal account of the eligible recipient.
  4. Disposal of DepEd-issued mobile phones shall follow the guideline and procedures in disposing unserviceable equipment.

Source of Fund

The amounts required for payment of postpaid line and prepaid load under this Order shall be taken from the General Administrative Support Service (GASS)-MOOE appropriations/budget of the Central Office, Regional Offices, School Division Offices and schools, and from other available legal sources, subject to availability of funds and in compliance with existing budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

Download the Memo Here

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Policies on Selection/Appointment and Transfer/Reassignment of Regional Officials

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DECS Order No. 07 s. 1999 also known as Policies on Selection/Appointment and Transfer/Reassignment of DECS Regional Officials is now amended. The release of DepEd Order 016 s. 2019 amended the policy with:

“There shall be a simultaneous transfer/reassignment of Regional Directors (RDs), Assistant Regional Directors (ARDs), Schools Division Superintendents (SDSs), and Assistant Schools Division Superintendents (ASDSs) once every three (3) years.”

Item Number 1.3 is hereby amended to read as follows:

1.3 Under exceptional circumstances, particularly in the exigency of the service, and subject to the discretion of the Secretary, the tenure of service of RDs and ARDs in a given station may be shortened or extended beyond what is stated in this Order”.

Further, this amendment is pursuant to the authority of supervision and control of the Department vested in the Secretary by the Administrative Code of 1987 and by RA No. 9155 entitled Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001.

In case of vacancies to due to promotion, retirement, resignation, dismissal from service, or death of a third level official, the provision in DO 87 s. 1998 entitled Designating Officers-In-Charge as Schools Division Superintendents and Assistant Schools Division Superintendents shall apply, to wit:

2. To strengthen further the effectiveness of school officials and to avoid delays and disruptions in the daily operations, the Regional Directors are hereby requested to submit their nominees to be designated as Officer-In-Charge to vacant SDS and ASDS positions in their respective areas of responsibility, for approval by the Secretary, in the meantime that the search is going on. This is being done so as not to create leadership vacuum in those areas where the vacancy exists.

Download DepEd order 016 s. 2019 here.

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2019 Nutrition Month Celebration: DM 082 s. 2019

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DepEd released DM 082 s. 2019 also known as the 2019 Nutrition Month Celebration. Dated 08 July 2019, this year’s theme is Kumain ng wasto at maging aktibo… push natin ‘to!

Furthermore, the 2019 Nutrition Month Celebration aims to promote:

  1. consumption of healthy food and drinks,
  2. eating and choosing healthy choices regularly,
  3. making healthy eating habit and lifestyle, and
  4. being active and exercising daily.

Consequently, to support this developmental endeavour of the National Nutritional Council, DepEd enjoins all schools to participate in this celebration. However, schools must observe the Engaged Time-on-Task Policy of the department be observed.

On the other hand, if you wish to download the Memorandum and the tarpaulin design:

Download Memo Here
Download Image Here

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FREE Automated Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B

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This free Automated Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B is our response to the tedious tasks underscored with this program. DepEd Order 14 s.2018 may have revised the Phil-IRI process but it did not take into consideration its tediousness.

What is the Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B

The Free Automated Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B are the forms needed to accomplish after conducting the Group Screening Test. Furthermore, the Phil-IRI GST is important in order to determine a whole class’ reading level, and identify particular students who may need more assistance in performing reading tasks.

In other words, it can tell teachers whether students are reading at, above, or below their grade levels.

In addition to that, the Phil-IRI Group Screening Test (GST) is a silently-administered test in both Filipino and English. Each tool is composed of a 20-item comprehension test based on a set of leveled passages for each grade level. The GST covers Grades 3 to 6 in Filipino and Grades 4 to 6 in English. The passages were written and selected based on concept load, level of vocabulary used, sentence complexity, nature of themes and cohesion.

1) Phil-IRI Form 1A: Talaan ng Pangkatang Pagtatasa ng Klase (PPK) sa Phil-IRI

The Phil-IRI Form 1A is for the GST in Filipino. The objectives of completing and submitting this form include the following to:

  1. identify the types of questions(literal, inferential or critical) that each child can answer;
  2. classify the students that are recommended for administration of the Phil-IRI tests,
  3. capture the reading performance of the class, thus design appropriate classroom instruction. This form includes the class list, the itemized scores of the students according to the types of questions answered, and their total score.

2) Phil-IRI Form 1B: Summary of the Phil-IRI Group Screening Test Class ReadingRecord (CRR)

This form has the same content and objectives as the Phil-IRI Form 1A. Phil-IRI Form 1B is for the GST in English.

Video tutorial on how to use Automated Phil-IRI 1A and 1B

Download Automated Phil-IRI Form 1A and 1B Here

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Implementation of P5,000 Net Take Home Pay for DepEd Personnel FY 2019

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DepEd issued the guidelines for the Implementation of the Php 5,000.00 Net Take Home Pay for all personnel for FY 2019. This issuance is relative to RA 11260 entitled An Act Appropriating Funds for the Operation of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines from January 1 to December 31, 2019 and for Other Purposes.

The Administrative Code of 1987 expressly prohibits deductions from the salaries of government employees for services rendered, unless expressly authorized by law[1]. As an exception, General Appropriations Acts (GAAs) for previous years provided for authorized deductions from the salaries and benefits accruing to government employees, with required order of preference for deductions and limitations that deductions should not reduce the employee’s monthly net take home pay (NTHP) to an amount lower than the threshold stated therein.

Correspondingly, the Department issued guidelines for the implementation of these provisions in the respective GAAs enacted in previous years. The GAA of FY 2019 (RA 11260), incorporating the President’s Veto thereon, provides for the foregoing for the current fiscal year. However, there are notable differences from equivalent provisions in the FY 2018 GAA. 

In order to implement and comply with the applicable provisions in the FY 2019 GAA and the President’s Veto Message on the subject, ensure that teachers receive the mandated minimum monthly NTHP of Php 5,000, and instill discipline in contracting financial obligations from authorized entities, these guidelines are being issued.

To facilitate adjustments in the system and ensure smooth transition, the modifications in the payroll deduction schedule will be made effective in the August 2019 payroll. This is due to administrative and logistical preparations needed, such as extensive and proper communication with all stakeholders and implementers, as well as technical modifications to be made in the payroll program.

Download the DepEd Order here.

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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

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By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organisations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

In support thereof, DepEd Released DM 078 s. 2019. The Memorandum is as stated below and can be downloaded through the link mentioned.

DepEd Memo 078 s. 2019:

  1. Pursuant to the United Nations declaration dated 7 December 1987 and Presidential Proclamation No. 264, the Dangerous Drugs Board will spearhead the observance of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) 2019 on June 26, 2019 with the theme Katarungan Para sa Kalusugan, Kalusugan Para sa Katarungan.
  2. The program for the national celebration will be held on June 22, 2019, 2:00 P.M. at the Vista mall Open Parking, Balanga, Bataan. Part of the IDADAIT celebration will be a fun run and Rakrakan Against Drugs, a free rock concert featuring local bands.
  3. The IDADAIT is an annual event observed by United Nations-member countries as an expression of their determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of illegal drugs and drugs abuse.
  4. Office of the Department of Education in the central, regional and schools division offices, as well as schools, are encouraged to promote the event through the following:
    • Putting-up of streamers/banners in strategic areas;
    • Posting of the event and its them in electronic billboards, if any; and
    • Participation of staff to the IDADAIT program.
  5. For more information, please contact the Dangerous Drugs Board through Mr. Rex P. Cammayo through email at [email protected] or mobile phone no. 0939-204-8258 and Ms. Liane Angelica M. Kalacas through email [email protected] or mobile phone no. 0923-204-8258.
  6. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.


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Department of Education 121st Foundation Day Celebration

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  1. The Department of Education (DepEd) announces the celebration of DepEd’s 121st Foundation Day with the theme – DepEd Para sa Pilipino – on June 21, 2019
  2. The celebration is pursuant to Administrative Order No. 322 s. 1997 issued by the former President Fidel V. Ramos that recognizes June 23, 1898as the Foundation Day of the Department.
  3. To promote the public awareness of this event, the DepEd Central Office enjoins all personnel, offices, and officials at the regional, schools division offices, and schools to:
    • Produce Information and Communication Materials by
      • Hanging of DepEd’s 121st Foundation Day official streamer in all offices and schools, and
      • Wearing of blue shirts/polo/blouses on June 21, 2019in support of the celebration nationwide.
    • Participate in DepEd’s Online Celebration by
      • Partnering with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for the return of the opera show entitled Noli Me Tangere, The Opera Touch Me Notat theCCP which shall be attended by selected teachers and learners on June 21, 2019, and DepEd officials and staff on June 22, 2019;
      • Announcing all offices and schools to include DepEd’s 121st Foundation Day announcement in their respective Flag Raising Ceremonies on June 17, 2019; and
      • Encouraging all offices and schools to organize their own activities following this year’s them — DepEd Para sa Pilipino on June 21, 2019.
  4. Expenses related to DepEd’s 121st Foundation Day shall be charged to local funds, subject to its availability and the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.
  5. The copy of the tarpaulin or streamer and cover photo can be accessed through the link: www.bit.ly/DepEd121.
  6. For more information, please contact Ms. Bless Valdez, Employee Welfare Division-Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development, Mabini, Building Department of Education Central Office, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City through email at [email protected] or at telephone no. (02) 632-0260.
  7. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.

Memo can be downloaded directly here: DM 077 s. 2019

Tarpaulin Design is found below:

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Teaching Reading Resources |FREE Download|

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The Schools Division of Davao City conducted a Reading Workshop and Skills Training last July 2018. The activity was held at Imelda Elementary School, Tugbok District. The following Teaching Reading Resources are now available for download.

We would like to share with everyone the presentations used during this activity. You can download it for free by visiting our newly created website. This website will be tackling only for Reading Resources. However, you need to register and log-in to access the files.

You can access this website by registering at https://reading.ischoolforms.tech. You can also comment and participate in many of our discussions, threads, and posts there.

Topics include (Teaching Reading Resources):

  1. Background Information on What is Reading?
  2. Domains of Literacy: Beginning Reading
  3. Phonemic Awareness
  4. Developing Word Recognition
  5. Vocabulary Development and many more.


Remember that the Powerpoint Presentations, Word Documents and other files are only viewable once you register. Browsing the website will not show these links to guest users.

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How many teaching loads are required for Master Teachers in DepED?

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Teaching loads in DepEd is one of the hottest topics. And Master Teachers are mostly the ones who are questioned about it. Consequently, we will determine how many teaching loads are required for them.

We needed to plow our way out of many DepEd Orders to answer this question. To begin with, we opened DepEd Order #39 s. 1990.

Legal Basis #1

Item #7, Part 4:

All Master Teachers I and II (shall) be given full teaching loads, except those with special projects or researches, in which case a minimum of 4 teaching loads be given.

DepEd Order 39 s. 1990 also known as Deployment and Assignment of Public School Teachers.

In fact, this is a very clear answer to our question. Master Teachers must have full teaching loads. However, there have been issues that Master Teachers are given less than that due to:

  1. Observation of (other) classes.
  2. School-Based Management tasks.
  3. School Head delegation of administrative functions.
  4. Coaching and Mentoring and alike.

As such, in order to determine if these reasons above are valid, let us check another DepEd Order for more information. So, we checked on DECS Order no. 82 s. 1997.

Legal Basis #2

Item 1, Part A:

Shifting from the Master Teacher’s track to the Principal’s Track… at any point in progression levels provided qualification standards are met and after passing the examination.

Item 1, Part B:

The Master Teacher…who desires to shift is ranked with all other qualified candidates for the equivalent position.

Item 1, Part F:

An assessment, certification and training program shall be conducted by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines

DECS Order No. 82 s. 1997: Revised Guidelines on Shifting from Master Teacher Position to Administrative Position and Vice-Versa.

In other words, it’s definitely clear, a Master Teacher can’t just take away his/her teaching loads. There must be clear-cut steps to take. Further, the Department Orders specifically says they should be given full teaching loads.


  1. DECS Order No. 82 s. 1997: Revised Guidelines on Shifting from Master Teacher Position to Administrative Position and Vice-Versa.
  2. DECS Order No. 50 s. 1994: Guidelines for Teaching Assignments in the Intermediate Grades.
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