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Rationalization Program: Mistaken Notions Clarified

Upon knowing the rationalization plan, many people were confused and some have questions. So, what is really this CSC Memorandum Circular Number 03 series 2014?

On December 3, 2014 the Department of Education disseminated DepEd Order No. 53 s. 2013 specifying the step by step process of the rationalization program. It was a program mandated in October 2004 through Executive Order  366, which the DepEd revisited in December 2011 “in light of long term reforms needed in the education sector notwithstanding fast-changing demands of the local and global environment”. The said Executive Order prohibited the hiring and rehiring of personnel during the plan preparation, which explains the vacant items. But the situation is different on the ground, where more teachers and non- teaching staff are actually needed.

Moreover, the Rationalization program is a move to transform the Executive Branch into a more effective and efficient government. It aims to focus government efforts on its vital functions and channel government resources to these core public services; and improve the efficiency of government services, within affordable levels, and in the most accountable manner. The scheme aims to rid the department, the country’s biggest bureaucracy with 500,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel nationwide, of the redundant functions as part of the government’s streamlining policy to reduce budget expenditures. The affected employees meanwhile may either be placed in a comparable position or choose the status of co-terminus to the incumbent (CTI). Under the CTI, an employee gets to keep his/her item with the same rank, salary grade and benefits until she/he chooses to retire, resign or if she/he gets appointed to another position. Furthermore, the CTI scheme allows an affected regular employee who is currently 40 years of age were given option to choose whether to keep his/her item until she/he chooses to leave government service or to retire at the age of 60-65. By then the vacated item will no longer be filled up.

Therefore, contrary to reports that thousands of employees will lose their jobs due to the rationalization program. On the contrary, this will even usher in the hiring of new people since there is no mass and forced resignation of people who work in DepEd.

By: Rufelia J. Limbengco
      Administrative Officer III / Cashier II

DepEd Rationalization Program Clarified

The main purpose of the country’s program of rationalization on the executive branches is the government quest for globalization of the country’s basic product and services. It encourages its branches to look into its structure and make strategic changes on its organizational structure and staffing that will focus on the core governance function of the agency and improve its performance in service delivery and productivity as mandated by Executive Order (EO) No.366. 

Pursuant to DepEd Order No. 53, s.2013, the Department of Education Rationalization Program was approved by the Department of Budget and Management last November 15, 2013 and the management is given only a maximum of four (4) months from the date of its approval to position its employees in the new staffing pattern. The positions affected are those in the plantilla occupying permanent positions in the central office, regional offices, school division offices, and its casual and contractual employees under Personal Services fund, whose appointments were attested by the Civil Service Commission. All positions (teaching and non-teaching) in the schools, DepEd-ARMM, those funded through MOOE and of Foreign Fund are not included in the Rationalization Program of the department.

The Malaybalay City Division has already identified positions which will be abolished, merged and created under the DepEd RATprogram. Affected employees (non-teaching Division Personnel) of the program have options of whether to remain in the department under Co-terminus with the Incumbent (CTI) status wherein the employee may express his intention to apply for the newly created position (following the placement process) if they qualify or remain in his present position, another option is to retire or be separated from the government service with incentives under E.O. 366.

To further explain the two options stated above. First, those who choose the option to retire will receive an additional incentive of not less than Php 50,000 under E.O. 366 aside from the regular benefits they can get from the GSIS and other regular terminal leave benefits. However, they are not allowed to apply in any government agencies for the next five (5) years except in the hospitals and public school which is not included in the RAT program.

The second option is for those who opted to remain in the government service under CTI status wherein they will be retained in their current plantilla item with the same salary grade and are still entitled to receive step increment and all other government benefits attached to their current position.  They will be holding their own plantilla item until the date they opted to retire, resign or be appointed to a higher position and at the time they will leave their item such will be abolished or no replacement will be made. In addition to this option an employee may express his intention to be placed under comparable positions if they are qualified following the placement process provided that it may be within the same job group, or up to three (3) salary grade higher only.  However, those who are interested to apply for the new or higher vacant positions, they can choose CTI status while applying for the position they aim for in the new structure. If ever they don’t get appointed, they can retain their CTI status and if luckily they will be appointed in the applied position their old item will be abolished. This is how this RATprogram will go through. Hope this will give light on so many questions regarding this program. Good luck to all affected personnel.

By: Novem Abao Sescon,  Administrative Officer II/HRMO-1

MCD Conducts Training-Workshop on the Integration of ICT: Strategies & Application in the Classroom

dcp 2014 1To enhance the Teaching-Learning Process and meet the challenges of the 21st Century, The Malaybalay City Division conducted a 2-Day Training–Workshop on the Integration of Information Communication and Technology (ICT): Strategies and Application in the Classroom at Loiza’s New Hall, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon last February 7-8.

The said event was initiated by Mr. Edilberto L. Oplenaria, Schools Division Superintendent and was organized by the Division Planning Officer II, Mr. Paul John P. Arias and staff.

The resource persons who shared their skills and expertise are Ms. Julie Mae A. Minguez, Teacher I of Sumpong Elementary School, Ms. Amor Celeste S. Pasamonte, Teacher III of Malaybalay City Central School, Ms. Leny G. Ama, Principal I of BCT Elementary School, Mr. John P. Rarogal, Teacher III of BNHS- Aglayan Annex and Mr. Everardo C. Calopez, Master Teacher I  of Bukidnon National High School.

It was participated by 44 identified recipient schools of the DCP E- Classroom Pdcp 2014 2ackages; A total of 140 participants joined the training composed of the School Heads, School Property Custodian and School ICT Coordinator per school in both elementary and secondary levels. Every school was required to submit workshop outputs at the end of every session. Two selected participants conducted actual demonstration teaching, namely; Ms. Jardiolen T. Carbajal, Teacher II of Casisang Central School and Mr. Vicente G. San Miguel, Teacher I of San Martin National High School.

It is expected that teachers have gained the skill of making learning easier and enjoyable through pictures, video presentations, diagrams and among others using Educational Computer Applications. The participants are very thankful for they gathered a lot of new learning in using technology.  As quoted by Mr. John P. Rarogal “Teaching is not only a skill but it is also an art”. (more photos)

By: Janice Maglangit