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DepEd SHS Voucher Program and ESC Grant for School Year 2020-2021 in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP) is a program of financial assistance wherein subsidies in the form of vouchers are provided to qualified SHS learners in participating private and non-DepEd SHS (DO 11, S. 2015).

Eligibility for Senior High School (SHS) Voucher Program

Not EligibleQualified Voucher Recipients (QVRs) (no need to apply)Voucher Applicants (need to apply)
Grade 10 Completers before SY 2019-2020Category A: Grade 10 completers in DepEd public schoolsCategory D: Grade 10 completers in private schools who are not ESC grantees
High School graduates of March 2015 or earlierCategory B: Grade 10 completers in SUCs and LUCsCategory E: Learners who took/will take the ALS A&E Test* in the current school year
Incoming Grade 12 learners who were not part of SHS VP in Grade 11Grade 10 completers who are ESC granteesCategory F: Learners who took/will take the PEPT* in the current school year
Non-Filipino learners
*For VAs who fall under categories E and F, they may apply for the voucher while waiting for results of the ALS A&E Test and PEPT, respectively.

Voucher Application Procedures

The application may be done manually or online; both are free of charge. VAs are highly discouraged from submitting multiple applications. All applications shall be coursed through Private Education Assistance Committee National Secretariat (PEAC NS) via Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) for online application and the PEAC NS office for manual application. DepEd shall not accept submissions of applications. VAs are encouraged to apply online as this mode carries a number of features not available for manual applications. Online applications allow VAs to have a longer period to apply, submit the required documents in parts, and track their applications.

Required Documents as Proof of Financial Means

If the parents or guardian/s and the other person/s:Required DocumentWhere to obtain document if not readily available
Employed in the Philippines (including self-employedLatest Income Tax Return Or Certificate of EmploymentBureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Employer
Employed abroadCertificate of EmploymentEmployer or Recruitment Agency
Unemployed but with other sources of incomeAffidavit of source of income stating average monthly earnings/support receivedNotary Public
Unemployed and without incomeCertificate of Non-Filing of Income Tax Return ORBureau of Internal Revenue
Municipal Certificate of UnemploymentMayor’s Office (Not from the Barangay or the City Assessor’s Office)

Education Service Contracting (ESC)

The Education Service Contracting (ESC), which aimed at democratizing and improving access to quality secondary education, is a government financial assistance to deserving elementary school graduates who wish to pursue their secondary education in private schools (DO 31, s. 2010). ESC grant starts at Grade 7 and represents a four-year funding commitment of the government.

Program beneficiaries of ESC are awarded certificates as evidence of the Government’s commitment to supporting their education in a private high school for as long as they meet the entrance requirements, as well as those for regular promotion to each of the succeeding school years until they graduate.


DepEd Learning Materials for School Year 2020-2021

DepEd Enrollment Manual for Philippine Basic Education Schools for School Year 2020-2021

DepEd Hiring Guidelines for Teaching Positions for School Year (SY) 2020-2021

2 thoughts on “DepEd SHS Voucher Program and ESC Grant for School Year 2020-2021 in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

  1. Laarni La Torre

    Good day sir
    Itatanong ko po sana kung paano magkaroon ng voucher po ang anak ko grade 11 po sya pag pasok
    Kahit po esc d po sya nag karoon.
    Pumapatak po sa category D

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