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Saturday, May 19, 2018

DepEd gears up for school opening through Oplan Balik Eskwela 2018

DepEd gears up for school opening through Oplan Balik Eskwela 2018

DepEd gears up for school opening through Oplan Balik Eskwela 2018


PASIG CITY May 18, 2018 – In line with its annual initiative to engage education partners and stakeholders in preparation for the opening of classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) is set to reactivate the National Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) for School Year 2018-2019 from May 21 to June 8 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd-Central Office in Pasig City.
“The conduct of the OBE will ensure that all our learners are properly enrolled and able to attend school on the first day of classes by addressing problems, queries, and other concerns commonly encountered by our stakeholders at the start of the school year,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones explained.
Under the OBE, the DepEd-Central Office (CO) shall set up the OBE Information and Action Center (IAC) at the Bulwagan ng Karunugan which shall serve as the information and complaints processing and routing zone for the duration of the project. Likewise, regional and division offices are encouraged to set up a command center to receive and respond to concerns directly from the ground.
Regional information officers and other OBE personnel attended the 2018 OBE National Orientation last May 10 to 11 at the DepEd-CO to capacitate them on how to properly handle and answer questions from the public.

Some of the topics discussed at the orientation include Learner Reference Number (LRN) and Learner Information System (LIS); Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE); Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT); K to 12 Program; enrollment policies; Kindergarten; Alternative Learning System (ALS); Madrasah Education Program; Special Education (SpEd) Program; disaster-preparedness; Child Protection Policy; and teacher hiring, among others.

Mobilizing partner agencies, organizations

Furthermore, to ensure that all school opening concerns will be addressed, including those outside the purview of the Department, DepEd will assemble the OBE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
“We are also working closely with our partners to ensure the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education… Para kapag may concern sa school regarding electricity, o hindi ma-access ang eskwelahan dahil sa sira ang tulay, madali itong maaaksyunan with the assistance of our partners,” Briones said.
The OBE-IATF is composed of the Department of Energy (DOE); Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); Department of Health (DOH); Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Manila Electric Company (MERALCO); Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS); Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA); Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA); and Philippine National Police (PNP).

The opening of classes for School Year 2018-2019 in all public schools nationwide is on June 4.

This effort is pursuant to the DepEd Memorandum No. 50, series of 2018, or the 2018 Oplan Balik Eskwela which is available online at http://www.deped.gov.ph/memos/dm-050-s-2018.

Deped Press Release


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Friday, May 18, 2018

DepEd: Classes for SY 2018-2019 in all public school nationwide open on June 4

DepEd: Classes for SY 2018-2019 in all public school nationwide open on June 4

DepEd: Classes for SY 2018-2019 in all public school nationwide open on June 4


The Department of Education (DepEd) today officially announced that opening of classes for School Year (SY) 2018-2019 in all public schools nationwide is on June 4 (Monday).

DepEd, in a statement, made the announcement as it gears up for school opening through “Oplan Balik Eskwela” (OBE) 2018. In line with its annual initiative to engage education partners and stakeholders in preparation for the opening of classes, DepEd is set to reactivate the National OBE for SY 2018-2019 from May 21 to June 8 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd-Central Office in Pasig City.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the conduct of the OBE will “ensure that all our learners are properly enrolled and able to attend school on the first day of classes by addressing problems, queries and other concerns commonly encountered by our stakeholders at the start of the school year.”

Under the OBE, the DepEd-Central Office (CO) shall set up the OBE Information and Action Center (IAC) at the Bulwagan ng Karunugan which shall serve as the information and complaints processing and routing zone for the duration of the project. Likewise, regional and division offices are encouraged to set up a command center to receive and respond to concerns directly from the ground.

Meanwhile, regional information officers and other OBE personnel attended the 2018 OBE National Orientation on May 10 to 11 at the DepEd-CO to capacitate them on how to properly handle and answer questions from the public.

The topics discussed at the orientation include Learner Reference Number (LRN) and Learner Information System (LIS); Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE); Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT); K to 12 Program; enrollment policies; Kindergarten; Alternative Learning System (ALS); Madrasah Education Program; Special Education (SpEd) Program; disaster-preparedness; Child Protection Policy; and teacher hiring.
To ensure that all school opening concerns will be addressed, including those outside the purview of the department, DepEd will also assemble the OBE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). “We are also working closely with our partners to ensure the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant and liberating basic education,” Briones said.
School-related concerns, Briones said, can be easily addressed with help and assistance of DepEd’s partners. The OBE-IATF is composed of the Department of Energy (DOE); Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); Department of Health (DOH); Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Manila Electric Company (Meralco); Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS); Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA); Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA); and Philippine National Police (PNP).



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Briones encourages employees to apply for GSIS Scholarship Program

Briones encourages employees to apply for GSIS Scholarship Program

Briones encourages employees to apply for GSIS Scholarship Program


PASIG CITY, May 17, 2018 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones encourages qualified DepEd employees to take advantage of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Scholarship Program (GSP) for Academic Year (AY) 2018-2019, which is accepting applications until June 15.

The GSP is open to active and regular GSIS members who have salary grades of 24 and below, and Permanent Total Disability (PTD) pensioners below 60 years old. GSIS members who are childless married, single, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and solo parents are also eligible to apply.

Eligible applicants may nominate their children/dependents to the program who are incoming freshmen and accepted or enrolled in any four- or five-year college course or priority course identified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The GSIS will shoulder the actual cost of tuition and miscellaneous fees not exceeding P40,000 per academic year of the 400 scholars for this AY. A monthly stipend of P3,000 for the duration of the course shall also be given to the scholars.
Moreover, a scholar who will graduate with Latin honor shall be awarded a monetary incentive of P20,000 for cum laude, P30,000 for magna cum laude, and P50,000 for summa cum laude.
Inquiries and follow-ups may be directed to GSIS at gsisscholarship@gsis.gov.ph and (02) 976-4970.



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Deped Explains Honorarium Process and Commends Teachers for peaceful election

Deped Explains Honorarium Process and Commends Teachers for peaceful election

Deped Explains Honorarium Process and Commends Teachers for peaceful election


PASIG CITY, May 16, 2018 – The Department of Education (DepEd) commended the public school teachers for heeding the patriotic call to serve in the 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections and for ensuring its honest, orderly, peaceful, and credible conduct.
“I salute and thank our teacher-volunteers who once again went the extra mile in ensuring a successful and just conduct of the recent local elections,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.
“The local elections had been generally peaceful insofar as teachers and schools are concerned. In our DepEd Election Task Force (ETF) and Monitoring Center, reports from the ground were mostly COMELEC-related [Commission on Elections] concerns and with no major issues coming from and relating to our teacher-volunteers,” Atty. Marcelo Bragado Jr., DepEd ETF Operations and Legal Support Head, added.

Cash cards

Bragado further explained the process of giving the honoraria and allowances to DepEd personnel volunteers, “Sa pag-uusap po namin sa COMELEC, ang pagbabayad po sa kanila ay sa pamamagitan ng cash cards sa mga lugar na may automated teller machines (ATM). Sa mga lugar naman na wala nito, cash advance po na ang magbibigay ay ang mga election officers.” He also underscored that per the COMELEC ruling, these honoraria and allowances must be given to all teacher-volunteers not exceeding 15 days after the elections, and delaying the issuance of these is considered an election offense.
“Ayon sa COMELEC, starting 5:01 PM of May 14, and 15 days thereafter, ang bigayan ng honoraria and allowances… We guarantee na magkakaroon talaga ng pagbabayad ng honoraria na on time sa ating mga teachers,” Bragado assured.
 Currently, the law provides for the following honoraria amount:

  • Chairperson of Electoral Boards - P6,000
  • Members of Electoral Boards - P5,000
  • DepEd Supervisor Officials (DESO) - P4,000
  • Support staff - P2,000

Possible amendments

Undersecretary for Administration and ETF Chairman Alain Del B. Pascua mentioned the Department’s direction after this year’s local elections: “The first order of business right after elections is to ask Congress to enact a law amending the ESRA [Election Service Reform Act] law to make the honoraria and allowances tax-exempt.”
“Para pagdating ng next election ay hindi na natin problema itong pagbibigay ng tax exemption sa mga guro nating nagsisilbi sa halalan. So kahit na hindi sila pasok doon sa Php 250,000 cut-off per annum salary, ay maisasama pa rin sila, na libre na iyan o free na iyan sa tax,” he added.
On behalf of all DepEd officials, Pascua vowed to continue serving and safeguarding the welfare of all DepEd personnel volunteers in both national and local elections.

Deped Press Release


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DepEd sets age-limit for Kindergarten

DepEd sets age-limit for Kindergarten

DepEd sets age-limit for Kindergarten


DepEd issued Department Order No. 20 series of 2018 which establish the cut-off policy for Kindergarten that will be implemented in both public and private schools.

The Department of Education (DepEd) claimed that the cut-off for kindergarten is designed to cope with the holistic developmental needs of a five-year-old student, along with social, emotional, values physical health, creativeness, mathematics, understanding of the physical and natural environment, language, literacy, and communication development.

This is to make sure that Kindergarten students are suitably prepared for grade school. Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said that they are issuing the amended enrollment procedure to address the concern of parents while ensuring that Kindergarten learners are prepared to face the expectations od the grade level.
“Amendment to DepEd Order No. 47, S. 2016, Otherwise known as the Omnibus Policy on Kindergarten Education, Clarifying that the Cut-Off Age Policy is Applicable to Both Public and Private School and Providing for Transitory Provisions to Accommodate Kindergarten and Grade One Enrollees for SY 2018-2019 and SY 2019-2020 Who may be Affected by This Policy, and for Other Purposes,” The order states that children who are under five years of age by June 1 shall be acceped in Kindergarten by both public and private schools. It emphasizes the authority vested by Republic Act 10157 (An Act Institutionalizing the Kindergarten Education into the Basic Education System and Appropriating Funds Therefor) to regulate the organization, operation and/or implementation of the Kindergarten program for both public and private schools.
The curriculum aims to strengthens the learner’s preparation to meet the Kindergartem learning standard.

Students who wish to enter Kindergarten who will turn five years old by the end of August may be considered by schools as long as they are administered with the Philippine Early Childhood Development (ECD) checklist before the school year opens. Children below five years old will not be approved to enroll.

Source: Deped Press Release

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Deped Brigada Eskwela 2018 Complete Downloadable School Forms

Deped Brigada Eskwela 2018 Complete Downloadable School Forms

Brigada Eskwela 2018 Complete Downloadable School Forms


Complete Brigada Eskwela 2018 Froms

  • BE Form 1 - PHYSICAL FACILITIES AND MAINTENANCE NEEDS ASSESSMENT FORM - DOWNLOAD
  • BE Form 2 - SCHOOL WORK PLAN - DOWNLOAD
  • BE Form 3 - RESOURCE MOBILIZATION FORM - DOWNLOAD
  • BE Form 4 - DAILY ATTENDANCE OF VOLUNTEERS - DOWNLOAD
  • BE Form 5 - RECORD OF DONATIONS RECEIVED - DOWNLOAD
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Solons condemn delayed payment of poll workers' honorarium

Solons condemn delayed payment of poll workers' honorarium

Solons condemn delayed payment of poll workers' honorarium


ACT Teachers Party-List Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro condemned the delay in the payment of the election service honorarium and travel allowance of the members of the Board of Elections and called on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for its immediate release.
"A day after the Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan elections, teachers are yet to receive the cash cards through which the election service honorarium and half of their travel allowance will be transmitted," Tinio revealed. "COMELEC failed to fulfill its commitment made during our dialogue last March that poll workers' payment shall be available starting 5:01pm of May 14 or right at the moment when the teachers submit the election results."
As per the nationwide monitoring of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines, teachers in the National Capital Region, Regions III, IX, XI, XII and some provinces in other regions are yet to receive their honoraria as of yesterday. Others who were given cash cards reported that transmission of funds was either delayed or still uncompleted.

Tinio, author of the Election of Service Reform Act of 2016 (ESRA), stressed that delayed payment of honoraria is a recurring issue that burdens public school teachers every elections. "As a safeguard, ESRA has made the delay in the payment of the honoraria and allowances an election offense punishable under BP 881."

Section 10 of ESRA provides a fifteen day period from the date of election as leeway. "We intended this provision to act as a deterrent for the COMELEC to continue its bad practice of very delayed releases of allowance. However, since COMELEC promised to make the payment available by May 14, teachers should not be even made to wait for two weeks."

Castro pointed out that COMELEC also assured teachers that half of their travel allowance shall be released upon their receipt of election paraphernalia but a significant number of teachers who served as electoral boards did not receive the promised release and were forced to take the expense out their pockets like the teachers in Cebu City, Region IX and XII. Poll workers in Bulacan have reportedly not received a single peso to date.
"Poll workers are carrying the heavy burden of fulfilling their election duties with some teachers even staying awake for more than 24 hours, suffering through an equivalent of 3 consecutive days of 8-hour labor. They are exposed to various risks and even threats to their lives in exchange of honoraria which this government insensitively taxed and released belatedly," Castro lamented.
"For so long, public school teachers had been at the forefront of serving the citizens during election period. ESRA had successfully made their service enlistment voluntary and increased their honoraria and travel allowance. This law also mandates legal assistance, death benefits and the installment of other means to protect poll workers. This is the first time that the law is implemented and the COMELEC should take notes to prevent the same mistakes in the next elections," Tinio said.
"We urge COMELEC to immediately release the election service honorarium and travel allowance as well as the removal of the 5% withholding tax. We call on all concerned government agencies to ensure the faithful implementation of ESRA," the solons ended.
SOURCE: ACT Press Release



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'Nasa 1,000 candidates, maaaring madisqualify dahil sa vote buying'

'Nasa 1,000 candidates, maaaring madisqualify dahil sa vote buying'

'Nasa 1,000 candidates, maaaring madisqualify dahil sa vote buying'


Nasa 1,000 mga elected barangay chairmen ang nahaharap sa disqualification dahil sa paglabag sa Comelec rules kabilang na ang vote buying. 

Ito ang inihayag ni Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño kasunod ng kakatapos lamang na barangay at SK elections kahapon. 

Ayon kay Diño, kapag manalo ang mga kandidatong ito, mahahalal silang panalo dahil sa paglabag nila at sa reklamo laban sa kanila. 

Hawak na umano ng DILG ang mga pangalan ng mga ito at hinihintay na lamang na linisin ang kanilang mga pangalan.

Halimbawa na umano rito ang isang Australian na tumakbo sa barangay electons sa kabila ng batas na tanging mga Filipino citizens lang ang maaaring tumakbo sa Pilipinas.

Ilang mga botante umano sa ilang barangay ang binigyan ng tig P3,000 para iboto ang mga kandidato ng mga political kingpins.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

87% of cash cards for teachers with poll duties delivered — DepEd

87% of cash cards for teachers with poll duties delivered — DepEd

87% of cash cards for teachers with poll duties delivered — DepEd



All cash cards for teachers will be delivered before the election ends today, the Department of Education (DepEd) said at noon today.
As of noon during the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, 87 percent of the cash cards have been delivered, Director IV Joel Erestain, of Deped Procurement and Management Service, confirmed on a press briefer at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Currently, 13 percent of the cash cards are yet to be delivered “due to glitch on the courier,” Erestain said.
“They (Development Bank of the Philippines) assured us that they will be able to deliver everything before the end of the day. Nagkaroon daw ng glitch doon sa courier (there was a glitch on the courier) but they are already doing their best to deliver 100 percent,” the DepEd director added.
A total of 55 municipalities spread out in 12 provinces in the country are still waiting for the cash cards.

According to Erestain, these provinces are Catanduanes, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Island, La Union, Masbate, Negros Oriental, Sarrangani, Siquijor, Sulu, Surigao del Norte, and Zamboanga Del Norte.

The DepEd, however, assured that they are continuously delivering the cash cards in a bid to complete all cash cards for teachers within the day.

Thousands of volunteer-teachers were deployed to polling areas during the 2018 Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan Elections.



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RANDOM DRUG TESTING FOR THOSE ELECTED TODAY'S BARANGAY, SK ELECTIONS

RANDOM DRUG TESTING FOR THOSE ELECTED TODAY'S BARANGAY, SK ELECTIONS

RANDOM DRUG TESTING FOR THOSE ELECTED TODAY'S BARANGAY, SK ELECTIONS


I congratulate all the winners in today's barangay elections. In order to ensure that our winners are drug-free, I call on the DILG to immediately conduct a nationwide random voluntary drug testing for barangay and SK officials who get proclaimed as winners in today's elections.

Election victors must set good example by submitting themselves to drug testing procedures to inspire confidence among their constituents both those who voted for them and those who did not.

Only law-abiding citizens can hold public offices.

This call is consistent with RA 9165 Section 36(d) which authorizes random drug testing of current or incumbent officers and employees of public offices. It is a provision that was not voided by the Supreme Court in its decision on November 3, 2008.
Maaari ang ganitong uri at proseso ng drug testing. Pinapayagan ito ng batas. Walang nilalabag na batas sa ganitong paraan. 
This provision is stated as follows: "(d) Officers and employees of public and private offices. - Officers and employees of public and private offices, whether domestic or overseas, shall be subjected to undergo a random drug test as contained in the company’s work rules and regulations, which shall be borne by the employer, for purposes of reducing the risk in the workplace. Any officer or employee found positive for use of dangerous drugs shall be dealt with administratively which shall be a ground for suspension or termination, subject to the provisions of Article 282 of the Labor Code and pertinent provisions of the Civil Service Law."
Drug testing using urine samples are easy to cheat. The drug test the DILG should use is that which requires hair samples.
Mahirap dayain ang hair sample drug testing. Kahit magpakalbo sila, marami pa naman ibang parte ng katawan na puedeng kunan ng hair sample, tulad ng kilay, pilik-mata, bigote, at balbas. Medyo kaduda-duda na kung todo ahit o wax off sila ng lahat ng kanilang buhok. 

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Poll watchers with annual salary less P250K to be exempt from withholding tax

Poll watchers with annual salary less P250K to be exempt from withholding tax

Poll watchers with annual salary less P250K to be exempt from withholding tax



The withholding tax on honoraria and travel allowances of poll officers in the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will now be waived for those earning less than 250,000 a year.

In a resolution by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) dated May 11, the agency said poll watchers with an annual net taxable compensation not exceeding P250,000 will be exempted from paying withholding tax.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) earlier ruled to impose a 5-percent withholding tax on honoraria and allowances of poll watchers in the upcoming elections.

The Comelec noted, however, that there are select exemptions but those seeking for a tax exemption should secure a certification of qualification from the BIR.

"[T]o determine if a person is exempted from withholding tax on compensation, said person is required under rules and regulations of the Bureau of Internal Revenue to execute a Sworn Declaration in the form prescribed by the BIR that his/her net taxable compensation for the year will not exceed Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos," the resolution read.

The resolution was signed by Comelec Acting Chairman Al Parreño and Commissioner Sheriff Abas.

Commissioners Luie Tito Guia and Socorro Inting also voted in favor of the resolution, while Commissioner Rowena Amelia Guanzon was on official business.

In a separate statement, Department of Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said the tax refund will be given out to poll watchers in the next two weeks.
"The TRAIN Law specifies that those with annual income below P250,000 will be tax exempt. Computations were made: it will range from P300 to P350," she said.
"In two weeks time, that will be returned once our teacher-volunteers submit and have their certification of salary grade verified," she added.

SOURCE: GMA NEWS

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GSIS financial loans open to all DepEd Employees starting May 15

GSIS financial loans open to all DepEd Employees starting May 15

GSIS financial loans open to all DepEd Employees starting May 15





Starting May 15, 2018, eligible personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) may already apply for the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Financial Assistance Loan (GFAL) Program in all GSIS offices nationwide – except the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

DepEd and GSIS, in separate statements, announced that beginning May 15, the GSIS will start to accept applications for the GFAL program for personnel of the DepEd wherein the GSIS will lend a maximum amount of P500,000 to DepEd borrowers to pay the outstanding balance of their loan from accredited private lending institutions.

DepEd said this follows last month’s ceremonial signing of the GFAL memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the two government agencies represented by Education Secretary Leonor Briones and GSIS president and general manager Jesus Clint Aranas in the presence of President Duterte in Malacañang.
“Instead of offering the GFAL to DepEd personnel in selected cities and municipalities on a pilot run, we decided to open it to all teachers and teaching personnel nationwide because we want more teachers to benefit from lower interest rate and better terms of payment from GSIS,” Aranas said. “Reduced interest rates and smaller amortization spell savings and higher disposable take-home pay for our members. This will definitely lighten their load,” he added.
The GFAL, DepEd said, is the result of more than a year of negotiations between the two agencies – led by DepEd Undersecretary for Finance-Disbursements and Accounting Victoria Catibog and GSIS-NCR Operations senior vice president Nora Saludares. “With hundreds of thousands of public school teachers and employees whose monthly loan payments have been affected by overborrowing and who may run the risk of losing their retirement or separation benefits, the need to address this concern became urgent,” DepEd said.
Aranas explained that this loan program is a “balance transfer and debt-consolidation facility in one.” He added that “it allows the members to take a second look at their spending habits – if they are heavy borrowers, they might be spending beyond their means.” The best thing about GFAL, he said, is that the “borrowers will go through loan evaluation and counseling process and are required to attend the GSIS financial literacy seminar before taking out the loan to adopt good money management practices.”
DepEd said GFAL will allow its eligible teaching and nonteaching personnel to refinance their outstanding loans with private lending institutions (PLIs) accredited under DepEd’s Automatic Payroll Deduction System (APDS).

The program aims to: a) improve the financial capability of DepEd personnel; and b) provide an affordable loan package to enable DepEd personnel to take out or refinance their outstanding loans with the APDS accredited PLIs through the GSIS. It offers a competitive rate at 6 pecent
per annum on a longer loan term of up to six years.

The interested DepEd borrowers who choose to have their outstanding loans with PLIs refinanced through GFAL may file their application at a GSIS branch nearest to their respective work stations. Meanwhile, DepEd encourages prospective borrowers to complete all the documentary requirements before going to GSIS. “Only complete applications will be accepted and processed by GSIS,” both agencies said.

As GFAL is aimed at improving the financial capability of DepEd personnel, it requires all applicants to attend a financial literacy seminar in GSIS after the submission of complete documentary requirements. Furthermore, DepEd said all applicants shall undergo a loan evaluation and counseling process prior to the signing of loan documents.”



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DBM: Government employees will receive mid-year bonuses starting Tuesday May 15

DBM: Government employees will receive mid-year bonuses starting Tuesday May 15

Government employees will receive mid-year bonuses starting Tuesday May 15


Over 1.5 million government employees, including DepEd teaching and non-teaching personnel, will receive their mid-year bonus starting Tuesday, May 15.

According to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, the government allotted P36.2 billion for the mid-year bonus, which is equivalent to a worker’s one-month salary.

For more information, refer to Budget Circular No. 2017-2:  CLICK HERE


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Friday, May 11, 2018

GFAL application to open for DepEd teaching, non-teaching personnel nationwide

GFAL application to open for DepEd teaching, non-teaching personnel nationwide

GFAL application to open for DepEd teaching, non-teaching personnel nationwide


PASIG CITY, May 12, 2018 - Eligible personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) may already apply for the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Financial Assistance Loan (GFAL) Program beginning May 15 in all GSIS offices nationwide, except the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

This follows last month’s ceremonial signing of the GFAL Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the two government agencies represented by Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones and GSIS President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang.

GFAL is the result of more than a year of negotiations between DepEd, led by Undersecretary for Finance-Disbursements and Accounting Victoria Catibog, and GSIS, led by GSIS-NCR Operations Senior Vice President Nora Saludares. With hundreds of thousands of public school teachers and employees whose monthly loan payments have been affected by over-borrowing and who may run the risk of losing their retirement or separation benefits, the need to address this concern became urgent.

The GFAL will allow eligible DepEd teaching and non-teaching personnel to refinance their outstanding loans with private lending institutions (PLIs) accredited under DepEd’s Automatic Payroll Deduction System (APDS). The program aims to: a) improve the financial capability of DepEd personnel; and b) provide an affordable loan package to enable DepEd personnel to take out or refinance their outstanding loans with the APDS accredited PLIs through the GSIS. It offers a competitive rate at 6% per annum on a longer loan term of up to six years.

Interested DepEd borrowers who choose to have their outstanding loans with PLIs refinanced through GFAL may file their application at a GSIS branch nearest to their respective work stations.

DepEd encourages prospective borrowers to complete all the documentary requirements before going to GSIS. Only complete applications will be accepted and processed by GSIS.

As GFAL is aimed at improving the financial capability of DepEd personnel, it requires all applicants to attend a financial literacy seminar in GSIS after the submission of complete documentary requirements. Furthermore, all applicants shall undergo a loan evaluation and counseling process prior to the signing of loan documents.

For a detailed list of documentary requirements and application procedure, enclosed is a step-by-step guide provided by GSIS.

Questions or clarifications must be directed to the GSIS Call Center at (02) 847-4747; or Globe toll-free number at 1-800-8-847-4747 (free from both Globe landline and mobile phone); or PLD/Smart toll-free number at 1-800-10-847-4747 (free from PLDT landline and a flat rate of P8 per call from mobile phone).




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PBB UPDATE: Letter from the DBM on the Release of the 2016 PBB

PBB UPDATE: Letter from the DBM on the Release of the 2016 PBB

PBB UPDATE: Letter from the DBM on the Release of the 2016 PBB


Below are the Screenshots of the Letter from the DBM on the Release of the 2016 PBB.




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Changes in DepEd Memorandum No. 66, s. 2018 (2018 Brigada Eskwela Implementing Guidelines)

Changes in DepEd Memorandum No. 66, s. 2018 (2018 Brigada Eskwela Implementing Guidelines)

Changes in DepEd Memorandum No. 66, s. 2018 (2018 Brigada Eskwela Implementing Guidelines)





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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

DepEd, other agencies declare readiness for 2018 local polls

DepEd, other agencies declare readiness for 2018 local polls

DepEd, other agencies declare readiness for 2018 local polls


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).

Deped Press Release



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