The Department of Education (DepEd) has recently released two new orders that are expected to change the usual process of recruitment, selection and appointment of personnel in the department.

These orders are the Merit Selection Plan (DepEd Order 19, series of 2022) and the Guidelines on Recruitment, Selection and Appointment in the DepEd (DepEd Order 7, series of 2023), which were released on April 22, 2022 and March 22, 2023 respectively.

Under the previous policy, an applicant’s rank level did not matter as the appointing officer had the discretion to choose the candidate for the position. However, with the new orders, the emphasis is now on the rank result. The appointing officer’s discretion is no longer given much importance, and the rank result will be strictly followed.

These changes are expected to bring a more transparent and aim to establish a merit-based system in the recruitment, selection and appointment of personnel in the Department of Education. It ensures that the best candidate for the position is chosen based on their qualifications and performance, rather than on the discretion of the appointing officer.

With the implementation of the new orders, the department hopes to improve the quality of its workforce and the efficiency of its operations. The implementation of these new guidelines is a welcome step towards promoting fairness, accountability and excellence within the organization.