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DepEd to Review the Effectiveness of Laws and Rules on the Provision of Textbooks and Learning Resources in Public Schools




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:

NameOffice / Designation
ChairpersonDiosdado M. San AntonioUndersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction
MembersAtty. Nepomuceno A. MalaluanChief of Staff and Undersecretary
Atty. Josephine G. MaribojocUndersecretary 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 IIIAssistant Secretary for Procurement and Administration
Alma Ruby C. TorioAssistant Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction
Edel B. CaragDirector III and Officer in Charge, Office of the Director IV, Bureau of Learning Resources
Jocelyn DR. AndayaDirector IV, Bureau of Curriculum Development, and President, Association of DepEd Directors
Leila P. AreolaDirector IV, Bureau of Learning Delivery
Jerry G. TizonExecutive Director, National Book Development Board
Jorge M. ReinanteSchools Division Superintendent, Division of Ilocos Sur, and President, Philippine Association of School Superintendents
SecretariatDaisy Asuncion O. SantosChief Education Program Specialist
Besy C. AgamataChief Education Program Specialist
Andrew A. VillarbaSupervising Education Program Specialist
Ma. Leonor M. BarraquiasSenior Education Program Specialist
Eric U. LabreSenior Education Program Specialist
Peter Tentoco IIISenior Education Program Specialist
Rowena D. Del RosarioSenior 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

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