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Clarifications on the Senior High School Voucher Program and Partnerships with Public and Private SHS Providers

DepEd Order 1, s. 2016


Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Secretary, ARMM
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools Heads
All Others Concerned

  1. Further to DepEd Order No. 11, s. 2015, entitled Policies on the Implementation of the Senior High School (SHS) Voucher Program under the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE), DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2015 entitled Guidelines on K to 12 Partnerships, and DepEd Order No. 46, s. 2015 entitled Detailed Guidelines on the Implementation of the Senior High School (SHS) Voucher Program, the Department of Education (DepEd) issues this Order to provide further clarifications on the rationale, scope, and conditions with regard to these policies.
  2. The enclosed clarifications shall guide DepEd offices, public and private schools, and other stakeholders in the implementation of the SHS.
  3. Immediate dissemination of and compliance with this Order is directed.


(Enclosure to DepEd Order No. 1, s. 2016)


I. On the Senior High School Voucher Program

A. Student Choice and Student Eligibility

1. Further to DepEd Order No. 46, s. 2015, DepEd reiterates that the “SHS Voucher Program is envisioned to be a long-term program of the government that will empower students with the choice to pursue their desired senior high school education. Students may pursue SHS in any DepEd school, public, or private school of their choice.

2. Section I of DepEd Order No. 46, s. 2015 states:

Students who completed their Grade 10 in the School Year prior to the current may participate in the SHS Voucher Program.

Pre-qualified Voucher Recipients

All Grade 10 Junior High School completers of Public Junior High Schools and SUC/LUC Junior High Schools are qualified voucher recipients (QVR). These students shall receive the full voucher value.

Grade 10 ESC Grantees who completed their Junior High School in ESC participating schools are also qualified voucher recipients. However, they shall receive 80% of the full voucher value.

Students who are covered by the abovementioned criteria are not required to apply for vouchers. They are considered pre-qualified voucher recipients and may directly enrol and redeem the voucher in any Non-DepEd SHS Provider of their choice provided they meet the school’s admission requirements.

Voucher Applicants

Non-ESC Grade 10 completers from Private Junior High Schools who wish to avail of vouchers shall be required to apply for vouchers subject to an assessment of their socioeconomic status and if deemed qualified shall also receive 80% of the full voucher value.

3. Section 12 of DepEd Order No. 11, s. 2015 states:

Voucher Value. The DepEd will tier the voucher value primarily by income class of a locality, to account for variation in the cost of public provision across municipalities and cities and urban and rural areas. There will be 3 tiers -National Capital Region (NCR), Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) outside NCR, and non-HUCs. Within each tier, the voucher value will have a sub-tier according to type of beneficiary (80% value for private JHS completers) or type of non-DepEd school (50% value for SUCs/LUCs).

B. SHS Voucher Program and Senior High School Providers

1. Section IV of DepEd Order No. 46, s. 2015 states that:

Eligible SHS Voucher Program Schools

Students eligible for the voucher may proceed to all non-DepEd schools with a permit to operate a Senior High School. Non-DepEd schools refer to the following:

a. Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities

b. Local Universities and Colleges (LUC)

c. State Universities and Colleges (SUC)

d. Technical and Vocational Schools

2. “Non-DepEd schools” shall hereby be referred to as “public and private Senior High Schools”. The complete list of DepEd, public, and private Senior High Schools, may be found on http://www.deped.gov.ph/k-to-12/shs.

3. The Department emphasizes that pre-qualified voucher recipients and successful voucher applicants may pursue SHS in any public or private Senior High School of their choice. This includes private SHS providers that may charge school fees larger than the voucher amount. In such cases, students shall pay a top-up for the difference.

Students and parents with concerns and queries on the SHS Voucher Program may contact their local schools division office or email action@deped.gov.ph and address the concern/query to the Office of the Undersecretary for Finance and Administration.

II. On Partnerships with Public and Private Senior High Schools

A. Non-Commercialization of DepEd and the Free Market

1. Pursuant to DECS Order No. 28, s. 2001, Prohibiting the commercialization of the DECS Organization through Endorsements and Accreditation of Goods and Services, “Goods and services must compete for the attention of all schools, teachers and students, in the ordinary course of the free market.”

2. DECS Order No. 28, s. 2001 also states that “The DECS may, at times, disseminate information on events, scholarships and training opportunities for teachers and students. This will be issued as advisories purely for the information of the organization. ”

3. In view of the complementary roles of DepEd and all other public and private schools in delivering Senior High School to provide dynamism and diversity, DepEd units may disseminate information on public and private Senior High Schools. This will help empower and educate students and their families in making informed choices.

4. In accordance with DECS Order No. 28, s. 2001, the Department, its field offices, and its schools are prohibited from endorsing specific public or private Senior High School providers to students and their families. Any dissemination must be for the purpose of informing only. Students and families are empowered to make their own choice on where to pursue SHS.

5. All public and private Senior High School providers shall be treated fairly and all DepEd units are prohibited from expressing any bias toward any particular SHS provider, regardless of various factors like amount of school fees, tracks offered, etc. All DepEd units are responsible for informing students and their families of all their options for SHS and the final choice will ultimately be decided on by the students and their families.

B. Incident Reports

DepEd units, public, and private Senior High School providers may report incidents to their local schools division office or email action@deped.gov.ph and address the report to the Office of the Undersecretary for Governance and Operations.

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17 thoughts on “Clarifications on the Senior High School Voucher Program and Partnerships with Public and Private SHS Providers”

  1. Incoming grade 12 ang pamangkin ko sa private school.pwede bang magtransfer sa public school in province? May babayaran po ba?

  2. I am a parent of a grade 11 shs from public. Naengganyo nmn po ako na ilipat ang anak ko sa private after grade 10. Now po sa grade 11 sa private school hindi po nagustuhan ng anak ko ang school lalo ang standard. Pwede pa po bang ibalik ko ang anak ko sa public school sa grade 12? Sa pagkakaalam ko ayaw irelease ng private school ang kanilang transfer credentials at bakit?

    I hope masagot ang aking katanungan.

    Maraming pong salamat

  3. Hello po Im grade 12 student in private school and mag tratransfer po sana ako this coming second sem in public school ask ko lng po kasi pinapapabayad ako ng half tuition ko dapat ko po bang bayaran yon?

  4. good evening po ma’am and sir ask ko po nag enroll po ako ng grade 11 tapos nag stop ako ng 1st.sem.mawawala po ba ang voucher ko public po ako grade 10 tapos nag enroll ako ng grade 11 sa private.thanks po

  5. hello po pwede po mag tanong about enrollment po ng shs?

    yung kapatid ko po kasi nag stop po sya ng grade 11 di nya po natapos yung grade 11 kung mag papa enroll po ba ulit this year wala na po ba yung dating voucher? public school po sya galing thank you po

  6. Hi po I’m grade 11 po incoming grade 12 sa pasukan sa private school po ako nag-aaraland nag-offer po sila ng tuituon fee. balak ko po sanang lumipat sa public school ang kaso mawawala po ba ang voucher ko?

  7. I would like to seek about my senior high voucher when I was in grade 11 my voucher good but when I transferred to grade 12 they said that my voucher was lost. Please I need help with this matter

  8. Hi po,Im from public school po when i graduated grade10 then nag G11 po ako sa private school for 1st sem which is free tuition po from my voucher then lumipat po ako into another privte school for 2nd sem and this time nagbayad po ako ng half tuition. I would like to ask po if this coming schoolyear magbabayad padin poba ko ng tuition? For G12? Hindi poba ma tatransfer ang voucher ko for this new school year?

  9. Hindi po nabigyan ng voucher yung anak ko nung grade 11 ngayon po ay mag gragrade 12 na sya makakapag apply pa po ba sya ng voucher

  10. Good afternoon po, tanong ko lang po if mayrong failed na subject sa grade 11, tangalan ba ng voucher?? Please really need help.

  11. good day! Just want to ask if a currently enrolled grade 11 student a non-voucher recipient can apply for voucher program for the following year (grade 12).thankyou.:)

  12. Hello po! Tanong ko lang po. Bale my student po kasi kami, hindi sya naqualified sa Voucher program ngayong whole sem po sa Grade 11, ask ko lang po, pwede po ba syang maka’apply ulit, kasi kawawa naman po sya, sa lahat po kasi nang students namin sya lang po yung wlang QVR, nahuli po kasi sya., paki-reply naman po. Salamat!

  13. Ask lng po ang voucher po valid for 2yrs.? Or magagamit lng po ng grade 11 then s grade 12 Kami n po ang magbabayad ng tuition for the whole year. Pls lng po gusto q po malaman. Looking forward for anyone who have idea for the validation Of voucher

  14. Magandang araw po, tanong ko lang po kung makakakuha pa po ng voucher pag nagtransfer po ako ng school. two weeks na po ako sa school na pinasukan ko pero sabi ng nanay ko lumipat daw po ako. Mawawala po ba yung voucher pag ganon?

  15. Tanong ko lang po, baka po may idea kayo kung pwede po bang mag enrol ng Grade 11 ngayong darating na school year ang mga graduates ng Fourth Year High School under BEC last school year 2014-2015. Hindi po kasi sila nakapagcollege ng previous school year 2015-2016 dahilan sa kawalan ng budget ng parents, kaya dina po sila directly pwede makapagcollege ngayong darating na school year dahil wala na nga po open na collge degree kundi SHS nalng po. Ang tanong kopo, may 3 pamangkin po kasi ako na graduate ng BEC na di nakapag enrol ng college at ngayon po gusto napo ituloy ang pag-aaral ng Grade 11-12 this coming school year sa public school. Dipo ba ang graduate ng public school ay automatic qualified sa voucher program. pwede rin po ba sila makasama sa voucher kung mag eenrol po sila sa public school this coming school year? Kung dipo sila qualified sa public, paano napo yung ganitong case na dipo nakapagcollege last school year, wala napo ba chance para maituloy nila pag aaral nila sa college, kung di rin po sila magiging qualified sa SHS Grade 11-12 vouche program. Sana po masagot po itong concern ko, salamat po.


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