DepEd’s rationalization plan

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe’s Corner

Sunday, December 22, 2013


DIRECTOR’S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of Department of Education (DepEd) Davao Region Director Gloria D. Benigno, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education)

"I am your team leader, you are my team mates, together, let us work as a team”

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Various versions of the news are coming out about the DepEd’s Rationalization Plan which was finally approved on November 15, this year. To give clarification on the matter, DepEd Central Office in its website has discussed the topic comprehensively. Below is the gist of the said discussion.

The Rationalization Program was mandated for government agencies in October 2004 through Executive Order (EO) 366. The goal is to improve the quality and efficiency of government services. Offices will be reorganized to do this

The new structure is process-oriented, meaning; offices are there to perform specific functions such as EED, SED, SESU and ALS have been reorganized to form the Curriculum and Learning Materials Development Division. The new structure also takes into account changes in the DepEd’s strategic directions and technology (ICT, DRRM, etc.)

Included in the RAT Plan are the Central Office of DepEd, Regional Offices, Division office – Proper, Casual and Contractual Employees funded under GAA-PS with appointment attested by CSC. Not included in the RAT Plan are Schools, DepEd-Armm, Attached Agencies, COS (GAA-MOOE), and COS (foreign-funded).

Those who are so called not part of the new items and plantilla positions under the new system are called “affected.” Affected means that their current position is not in the new structure or there are fewer items provided in the new structure. All affected employees are provided options, whether they want to remain in government service or retire/be separated with benefits.

What are the options for affected employees? Affected Deped employees have the option to A) Remain in government service; B) Express intent to be placed in a comparable position and go through the placement process or C) Convert item to Co-Terminus with the Incumbent (CTI) status and D) Retirement / separation under EO 366.

If the employee is qualified, he/she may be placed in a comparable position within the same job group with same Salary Grade (SG) or up to 3 SG levels higher. It means they might change their position or job title or office but will still be working for DepEd using their skills/knowledge.

On the other hand, CTI status is still a regular plantilla item. Employees who choose CTI will retain their salary grade and rank, and are still entitled to the government benefits attached to their position (except for those given due to performance of specific functions i.e. RATA for the division chief). It means they can choose to hold on to their item until they choose to retire, resign, or get appointed to another position.

They will be assigned to where their services and skills are needed. For those interested to apply for the new or higher vacant positions, they can choose CTI status while applying for new positions in the new structure. If they get appointed, the old item will be abolished. In the event that they don’t get appointed, they can retain the CTI status.

Under the fourth option (retirement/separation), it means they choose not to work for government anymore. They will get more benefits than regular retirement or separation, meaning aside from what they would have gotten from GSIS, they will also get additional incentives from government (through DBM) under EO 366.

For employees choosing this option, they cannot be appointed to a regular position in government agencies for the next 5 years (except in hospitals or public schools).

For regular employees holding plantilla items under the new system, they should be aware of the following provisions taken from the official information stated at http://www.deped.gov.ph under the program “RAT Plan”: No one will lose their rank or position level. No one will be forced to retire. It is voluntary. No one will be forced out or retrenched from the organization.

For the casual and contractual employees: Contracts of casual and contractual employees are extended beyond December 15, 2013 with approval from DBM.

If you are included in the Rationalization Plan and wish to discuss your options further, you may approach your respective head of office/unit. You may also contact the Rat Plan Helpdesk of the Region or Division Offices. In the Regional Office, Dr. Reynante Solitario and Mr. Roy Enriquez are manning the Help Desk.

For further clarification, you can also email your concern directly to: ratplanhelpdesk@deped.gov.ph or check: http://www.deped.gov.ph/index.php/programs-projects/department-of-educat....

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You can access Deped Updates, latest issuances, photos and other relevant information through our website: region11.deped.gov.ph and our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/deped.regionxi. For comments, suggestions and/or contributions send your email to depedregion11@gmail.com. For queries, complains and other concerns, call Deped Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102 and (082) 221-6147.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 23, 2013.

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