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.