For the information and guidance of all concerned, enclosed is DepEd Memorandum No. 18, s. 2020 dated February 10, 2020, entitled, Creation of a Technical Working Group to Review the Effectiveness of Laws and Rules on the Provision of Textbooks and Learning Resources in Public Schools.
DepEd to Review the Effectiveness of Laws and Rules on the Provision of Textbooks and Learning Resources in Public Schools
The provision of learning resources is crucial in the successful implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. It has been observed that laws, issuances, and agency practice have imposed rigidities or lengthened processes that cause major delays in the selection, manuscript development, printing, and delivery of textbooks and learning resources.
To ensure that learning resources of good quality for use in public schools nationwide are provided in a timely and adequate manner, a Technical Working Group (TWG) is created to review the effectiveness of laws, rules, and regulations governing the development and selection, the evaluation of content, and the procurement and delivery of textbooks (TXs) and learning resources (LRs).
The following is the composition of the Technical Working Group:
|Name||Office / Designation|
|Chairperson||Diosdado M. San Antonio||Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction|
|Members||Atty. Nepomuceno A. Malaluan||Chief of Staff and Undersecretary|
|Atty. Josephine G. Maribojoc||Undersecretary for Legal Affairs|
|Atty. Tonisito M. C. Umali, Esq.||Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, Partnerships, and Project Management and Chairperson, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) III|
|Atty. Salvador C. Malana III||Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Administration|
|Alma Ruby C. Torio||Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction|
|Edel B. Carag||Director III and Officer in Charge, Office of the Director IV, Bureau of Learning Resources|
|Jocelyn DR. Andaya||Director IV, Bureau of Curriculum Development, and President, Association of DepEd Directors|
|Leila P. Areola||Director IV, Bureau of Learning Delivery|
|Jerry G. Tizon||Executive Director, National Book Development Board|
|Jorge M. Reinante||Schools Division Superintendent, Division of Ilocos Sur, and President, Philippine Association of School Superintendents|
|Secretariat||Daisy Asuncion O. Santos||Chief Education Program Specialist|
|Besy C. Agamata||Chief Education Program Specialist|
|Andrew A. Villarba||Supervising Education Program Specialist|
|Ma. Leonor M. Barraquias||Senior Education Program Specialist|
|Eric U. Labre||Senior Education Program Specialist|
|Peter Tentoco III||Senior Education Program Specialist|
|Rowena D. Del Rosario||Senior Technical Assistant III|
The constituted TWG shall perform the following tasks:
a. Review the effectiveness of laws, rules, and regulations governing TXs and LRs on the matters concerning:
i. Selection and prescribing of TXs and LRs;
ii. Providing criteria and standards for the development of TXs and LRs, and evaluation of off-the-shelf TXs and LRs; and
iii. Procurement for the development, printing, and delivery of textbooks.
b. Suggest/recommend strategies and propose amendments to existing laws, rules, and regulations governing TXs and LRs;
c. Conduct an interface workshop to establish a harmonized terms of reference (TORs) among Curriculum and Instruction Bureaus on TXs and LRs;
d. Formulate strategies in providing alternative text-based learning resources in cases that TXs could not be delivered as targeted; and
e. Perform such other functions as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Order, or as the Secretary may direct.
The TWG may engage the services of external consultants to assist in the analysis and crafting of recommendations.
Creation of a Technical Working Group to Review the Effectiveness of Laws and Rules on the Provision of Textbooks and Learning Resources in Public Schools