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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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 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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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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Softcopy of MOVs are Accepted (R.A. 8792) for Individual Performance Commitment and Review Form (IPCRF)

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With the end of the School Year Review in season, the Individual Performance Commitment and Review Form (IPCRF) is in-demand. This form needs Means of Verifications (MOVs) upon submission. But all will be a lot easier and more efficient if these are submitted in softcopy(ies) [R.A. 8792].

According to Republic Act 8792 also known as Electronic Commerce Act of 2000:

This Act shall apply to any kind of data message and electronic document used in the context of commercial and non-commercial activities to include domestic and international dealings, transactions, arrangements, agreements contracts and exchanges and storage of information.

Section 4: Sphere of Application, R.A. 8972

This includes all electronic copies (softcopies) of MOVs on the Individual Performance Commitment and Review Form.

We were able to understand this notion when our developer made a Facebook Post on softcopies for MOVs. Mr. Dexter Pante made a comment on this thread. For specific portions, the post is seen as below:

The post was pertaining to a Memo from Region 4A which supplemented the use of e-copies on MOVs. Many regions and School Division Offices aren’t practicing this and are strictly imposing hard copies only. To which Mr. Dexter Pante whom he met last October at a workshop with the Central Office mentioned:

Mr. D. Pante again reiterated that there’s no need for a DepEd Memo or DepEd Order to supplement this since a Republic Act is stronger. Logically, this reason is valid and acceptable. And as such, we strongly advise all other offices and DepEd Personnel to accept and practice softcopies for MOVs. This is for efficiency and savings on your Schools’ MOOE on the use of paper.

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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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How Difficult is the Form-137 / SF10 Transfer of Documents?

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The Form-137 / SF10 has been the most viral topic of teachers today since many consider it as very difficult for transfer. Even with the release of DepEd Order 54 s. 2016, transfer of permanent records has been a huge issue in the field.

As per the directive of the policy, the permanent records of learners must be delivered and transacted between schools. That is, if a certain student should transfer from one school to another, it is the responsibility of the former school to send the learners’ credentials to the new school.

However, as per observation, the biggest issue has come to light already. Many schools do not send the learners’ credentials to the new school. The following reasons we will mention has been the most common.

  1. Lost In Delivery. Originating schools claim that previously, they were sending the forms via courier. Yet, the receiving schools were unable to receive the said forms.
  2. Cost of Delivery. Even with the provision of the policy, schools still claim that it mostly turns out to be from the pockets of the advisers.
  3. Incorrect Forms Delivered. The forms delivered may be correct in terms of the learner’s profile, however, the contents did not follow the directive of the policy. Examples would be placing “No Entry” on the succeeding boxes or sending the photocopy instead of the original.
  4. Need for Request Form. There are still schools that neglect the system notification of the Learners Information System. As such, they will still wait for the receiving school to send them the permanent record request form.
  5. Unpaid Balances. This is quite common with a private school to public school transfer. But the most unfortunate is when a public school will not send the permanent record because the learner still has unpaid balances either in the PTA, BSP/GSP, and (worst) books unreturned.

In fact, these reasons mentioned are just a few. And many teachers will provide different reasons depending on their experiences.

How about you? What are the reasons you’ve encountered why the Form-137 / SF10 turns out to be difficult to transfer? What experiences did you have during the transfer of documents? Tell us about the Form-137 / SF10 Transfer: How difficult is it? Share your experiences and/or encounters below on our comment section.

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FREE Office 365 for All DepEd Personnel (Region to Schools)

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A recently released Office Memorandum informs all DepEd Personnel that they will be receiving Free Microsoft Office 365 Accounts.

Each Free Office 365 account entitles DepEd employees to have the Office 365 Suite which includes:

  1. Office Suite – Includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote.
  2. Teams – A chat based collaboration tool for group interaction.
  3. OneDrive – Cloud file storage.
  4. SharePoint – A web-based collaborative platform that integrates with Microsoft Office.

This Memorandum was signed last March 01, 2019. Further, a copy of this Memorandum is available below.

Click here to download the Memo

Accordingly, the deadline for validation of Regional and Division Office Employee records will be on March 22, 2019. At the same time, the Schools Division Office will administer validation of school employees. Each division must validate 1,000 records every month starting April 2019.

Regional and Division IT Officers will receive the Office 365 credentials of the employee records validated and may refer to Annex 2, attached in this memorandum.

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Why You Should Switch to Facebook Messenger Dark Edition?

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Facebook Messenger Dark Edition is popular already. Since it was released less than a week ago, many Facebook users already chose to switch to it. But you didn’t. Let us give you three (3) top reasons why you should switch it!

1. Increase Screen Life

In case you didn’t know, your screen display is powered by light. Screen displays may vary as AMOLED, OLED, TFT LCD, Super AMOLED and etc. And longer screen time means shorter screen life. The more light your screen displays, the faster its screen life decreases.

2. Reduce Chances of Blindness from Blue Light

Yes, Blue Light! The same type of blue light that comes from the Facebook “Blue” theme. According to a research study, the blue light from our smartphones… could be far more dangerous than previously thought, and might even lead to permanent blindness in some cases.

And we all know that Facebook’s color is blue. So let’s not increase our chances of getting blind. Turn that blue thing off and let the darkness rule! (If you know what I mean).

3. Increase Battery Life

This one is rather obvious. If dark themes increase your display screen’s life, then your battery life as well will. Imagine having extra juice on your battery. Isn’t that great?

With dark themed Facebook Messenger, you can expect a longer battery life than the usual. Which means less trip to the outlet for recharging! You don’t have to worry about forgetting your Powerbank. With dark themed apps like Facebook Messenger Dark Edition, you have longer time on staying online without recharging.

Google Smartphone Dark Theme Test Results

Google conducted a power usage test for Dark Themes and Colored Themes. And surprisingly the results are way better than we expected. The power usage of colored themes are significantly higher than the dark themes.

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