Options set for DepEd MisOr employees on rationalization plan

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Friday, December 20, 2013


SEVENTEEN employees from the Department of Education in Misamis Oriental (DepEd-MisOr) opted to retire while 95 chose to remain in service as “co-terminus with the incumbent (CTI)” due to the department’s Rationalization Plan (RatPlan).

To those positions that will be affected by the new staffing design, Cherry Mae Limbaco, DepEd-MisOr schools division superintendent, said the employees have two options—to retire or to remain as “co-terminus” employees.

Those who choose the CTI will be assigned to schools.

Schools are not included in the changes of the staffing pattern.

“It’s really up to the employees,” Limbaco said, adding that most of the employees in DepEd-MisOr chose the “co-terminus.”

Based on the survey DepEd-MisOr conducted on 112 employees who are affected by the RatPlan, 17 employees whose age are qualified to receive retirement benefits opted to retire.

On the same hand, 95 employees ticked the “Remain in the government service through converting my item from regular to co-terminus with the incumbent” option.

Bernadette Samaco, administrative officer V, of DepEd-MisOr, told Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro that around 99 percent of the affected employees favored the CTI.

RatPlan

Samaco said the goal of RatPlan is to focus the resources of the government on vital services in the department.

It aims for an efficient and effective central office, re-engineered regional office and schools division office.

According to the document presented by DepEd-MisOr, the RatPlan will affect 16 regional offices, 206 schools division office and casual/contractual employees.

Immune from the RatPlan are the following: DepEd-Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (Armm), schools and attached agencies.

Samaco said RatPlan abolished old DepEd positions, merged some positions and added new vital positions for the efficiency of the department.

“DepEd is a big structure. And there is redundancy and overlapping of work,” she said.

She added that the central office of DepEd created the Change Management Team to evaluate and initiate the conduct of RatPlan.

Structure

Before the RatPlan, the structure of DepEd-MisOr has promotional staffs whose main tasks are on technical matters.

It also has a health and nutrition unit, administrative support staff and the schools and learning center.

However, following the new structure under RatPlan, the schools will remain unaffected but the divisions will change—the curriculum implementation division and the governance and operations division.

The previous divisions or units will be abolished and replaced.

Based on the guidelines on the new staffing system, it states that “no one will lose their rank or position level; no one will be forced to retire unless the person volunteers and no one will be forced out or retrenched from the organization.”

Key positions

On the national level, the positions in DepEd are divided into four: Key positions that compose the 10 percent (2,097 employees) of the total number of employees, employees that are in-charge of technical matters comprised the 14 percent (2,946 employees), support to technical comprises the 1 percent (212 employees) and administrative employees which comprises 75 percent (16,172 employees) of DepEd’s workforce.

However, in the new staffing system, key positions will have 19 percent (2,872 employees), technical will have 31 percent (4,612 employees), support to technical will have 6 percent (880 employees) and administrative will have 43 percent (21,472 employees).

In sum, in the new structure the number of employees will be reduced from 21,472 in 2005 to 14,749 as proposed in the RatPlan.

Co-terminus

Samaco said if the DepEd employee opted the “co-terminus” he or she would remain in service until retirement.

With regard to the “co-terminus” employee would go granting that their positions were abolished under RatPlan, Samaco said they would be transferred to the schools which are excluded from the new staffing structure.

She added that since 2005, there were unfilled positions in schools that have remained vacant until today.

“During that time, instead of hiring new employees for the position we opted to hire job-order workers to compensate the lack,” she said adding that the wages of job-order employees are taken from the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE).

Opened new positions

Samaco said RatPlan opened new positions that have to be filled.

However, the affected employees will have to join the ranking–compete with other employees based on their merits.

Retired

Samaco said those employees who chose retirement are the 55 to 65 years old.

Aside from the compensation they will also get from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and receive incentives from the government.

For retirees who served 31 years and beyond, they will receive the equivalent of one-month salary multiplied with the number of years they are in the service.

To those who served 21 to 30 years, they will receive a third of their monthly salary multiplied with the number of years they are in service.

For 20 years or below in the service, they will get 50-percent of their monthly salary multiplied with the number of years in service.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 20, 2013.

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