Public school teachers to receive World Teachers’ Day Incentive Benefit

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The Department of Education (DepEd) will give the World Teachers ‘ Day Incentive Benefit (WTDIB) to all public school teachers who are in duty in the Department as from 30 September 2019, to express its appreciation for the hard work and dedication to building and nurturing the future leaders and country makers of the country.

Each licensed teacher of the public school shall be provided the WTDIB in the sum of P1000, not before 5 October of this year. This support was created possible by the DepEd Special provisions no. 12 in accordance with Republic Act no. 11260 (General Appropriations of the Fiscal Year 2019 or “A Law Appropriating Funds from 1 January to 29 January and other purposes to operate in accordance with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines).

Public school teachers who are subject to any of these conditions are not qualified for the WTDIB:

  • Those without leaver (AWOL) are absent from 30 September 2019;
  • Those who have ceased to work by 30 September 2019;
  • Those convicted of any crime related to their job during the period from 30 September 2018 to 30 September 2019; and
  • Those who are employed after 30, 2019.

The WTDIB grant forms part of DepEd’s commitment to constantly seeking, developing and implementing methods of improving the social welfare of its staff and in particular educators for their invaluable job and practice.

The efforts are in accordance with DepEd Order No. 26, 2019 sequence of guideline and are available online at: https:/ s2019-026.pdf.

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Teacher Excellence and Recognition

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Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones stressed the significance to recognize teachers for their attempts and sacrifices during the “Teacher Excellence – A closer look at the Global Teacher Prize,” organized by Quezon City Memorial Circle on 16 September. Educational Secretary Leonor Magtolis.

Briones discussed the likelihood of competing at global and local contests, such as the Global Teacher Prize (GTP) and the Metrobank Foundation, before respondents from the Central, Regional and School Division, departments and colleges of DepEd.

Naisip ko madami naman tayong teacher na kayang-kaya mag-qualify. Madami naman tayong teacher na magagaling, nag-i-innovate, na naghihirap, na nagsa-sacrifice, walang complaint kung saan man sila naka-assign at saka nagsisilbi sa mga komunidad. At hindi lang iyon, nag-iisip sila ng mga panibagong paraan upang ma-reach anglearners,”

Sec. L. Briones

Organized by the ICO, the forum was designed to encourage GTP Ambassador Advocates in education to exchange know-how, learning methods, methods and assistance schemes with varied learners in education.

The aims of the forum were to increase involvement in GTP and other contests; show best learning methods and to develop the teacher portfolio; share creative approaches to problems relating to schooling; and familiarize themselves with GTP winners and recipients.

The GTP emphasizes the significance and the worldwide recognition of teachers and celebration of their attempts. It also seeks to recognize the effect on its learners and on its societies of the finest educators.

“We must acknowledge excellence and promote it. Those that do stuff, those that innovate, and those that leave the box must be recognized, “added Briones.

Since GTP’s opening in 2015, only four Philippine educators have reached the last top 50.

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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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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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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:
  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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Search for Outstanding Barkada Kontra Droga Program Implementers (SY) 2018-2019

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The Search for Outstanding Barkada Kontra Droga Implementers in Secondary Schools for School Year 2018-2019 is on. This activity is under the Office of the President, through the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) which aims to:

  1. Strengthen the National Drug Education Program through BKS Movement established in the schools;
  2. Develop skills and understanding among all school personnel and students in initiating active responses for a drug-free school;
  3. increase community awareness and participation
  4. support and sustain the services in the Barkada-adopted concepts, and
  5. identify best practices of the different BKD Chapters.

All secondary schools with an organized and functional BKD Chapters are encouraged to join the search.

Implementing Rules

The Search for the Outstanding BKD Chapter is open to all secondary schools with organized and functional BKD Chapter nationwide.

Period of Coverage

The Search will cover BKD activities conducted from SY 2018-2019. There will be three (3) levels of searches to be conducted as follows:

  • Division Level – The search will be conducted in June 2019 by the Division Evaluating Team. The winner at the respective Division Level shall be submitted to the Regional Evaluating Team. (Deadline July 31, 2019)
  • Regional Level – The search for the regional level will be done in August 2019 in which the best entry in each region shall be submitted to the National Evaluation Team. (Deadline September 13, 2019)
  • National Level – Two levels of evaluation shall be conducted:
  1. Paper Evaluation – September 16-19, 2019
  2. Field Evaluation – September to December 2019


1. Functionality of the BKD Program on Drug Abuse Prevention in Secondary Schools10%
a. Activities / Timetable10%
2. Coverage and Scope of Implementation15%
a. School-wide implementation10%
b. Community involvement and partnership5%
3. Nature of Extent of Drug Abuse Prevention Activities / Projects Initiated / Implemented / Organized (indicate number and support with documents)30%
(Use of Mass-Media-Print, TV/broadcast, films, slide presentation, exhibits, etc.)
(Integration of drug abuse prevention concepts and BKD components in classroom instruction, organizing seminar-workshops on drug abuse prevention, launching of BKS, seminars, capacity building, etc.)
(Provision of guidance and counseling services, peer counseling, referral services, assistance to student surrenderers if any, etc.)
(Sports / Athletics, Cultural, Income-Generating, Arts and Crafts, Religious Civic, and other Recreational Activities.
4. Extent of Involvement of the Following in Terms of Providing Leadership and Support in Program Implementation20%
a. Students5%
b. Teachers5%
c. School Administrators2%
d. Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)2%
e. Socio-Civic / Religious Organizations2%
f. Government Officials / Agencies2%
g. Non-Government Officials / Agencies2%
5. Attainment of Objectives20%
6. Monitoring and Evaluation Scheme5%

Awards and Prizes

There will be five (5) National Winners, to wit:

  • 1st Prize – Php 50,000.00 + Plaque
  • 2nd Prize – Php 40,000.00 + Plaque
  • 3rd Prize – Php 30,000.00 + Plaque
  • 2 Consolation Prizes – Php 10,000.00 (each) + Plaque

All Regions will submit one (1) Official Entry. It should be submitted directly to the Bureau of Learner Support Services-SHD DepEd Central office. Deadline for submission will be on September 13, 2019.

For more information and to download the Memoranda, please click here.

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Senior High School Voucher Program will Continue for School Year (SY) 2019-2020

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The Department of Education released a statement last 03 April 2019 to ensure the public that the Senior High School Voucher Program will continue for School Year 2019-2020. The statement was released amidst the public’s concern that the program is in danger due to the reenactment of last year’s National Budget.

DepEd remains firm with the mandate to uphold the right of every Filipino to quality basic education. As such, the department will continue to engage the services of PEI’s and non-DepEd public schools offering Grades 11 and 12.

The reenacted budget shall remain in force until such time the GAA is passed into law by Congress (citation). Under last year’s General Appropriations Act (2018), the Senior High School Program’s allocation is P14.4 billion. This figure is short for this year’s budget of about 5.9 billion. Consequently, the Senior High School Voucher Program for this School Year’s application will be pending.

On the other hand, Grade 10 completers in School Year 2018-2019 under the following categories are automatically eligible for vouchers:

  1. Learners who completed from public schools operated by DepEd.
  2. In state and local universities and colleges.
  3. And in private schools who are ESC grantees.


DepEd’s Statement on SHS Voucher Program

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Brigada Eskwela Implementing Guidelines for SY 2019-2020

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The Department of Education released DepEd Memorandum 036 s.2019 which is the 2019 Brigada Eskwela Implementing Guidelines for SY 2019-2020. The theme for this School Year’s Event will be Matatag na Bayan para sa Maunlad na Paaralan.

The activity will be from May 20 to May 25, 2019. But the host region will hold the National Kick-off Program on May 26, 2019. The host region is yet to be announced as of writing.

All regional directors and schools division superintendents shall mobilize their partnerships with school-based focal persons. This is to ensure the effective implementation of Brigada Eskwela in all public schools with the involvement of their communities.

School heads shall take the lead in planning and activities. Other groups from both public and private entities may coordinate with any of the following:

  • External Partnerships Service (EPS) of the DepEd Central office,
  • Education Support Services Division (ESSD) in the ROs,
  • School Mobilization (SocMob) and Networking Section under the School Governance and Operations Divisions in the SDOs, and/or
  • School Heads of the beneficiary schools.

All DepEd Employees are encouraged to join the Brigada Eskwela activities. As such, interested employees are given two days to do volunteer work on official time, provided that such work is approved by their heads of offices.

Further, nonteaching personnel shall earn a Compensatory Time Off (CTO) for the complete eight hours participation in the maintenance efforts on the last day of Brigada Eskwela week, which is a Saturday.

Participating teaching personnel on this activity will be given Vacation Service Credits. One-day service credit for the accumulated eight hours of participation in the maintenance effort.

Schedule of Activities:


For more information and to download the Memorandum, click here.

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