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Implementation of the NEAP Transformation




May 30, 2019

DepEd Order No. 11, s. 2019

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEAP TRANSFORMATION

To:




Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
All Others Concerned

As the Department of Education (DepEd) renews its focus on making decisive gains in upgrading education quality, the strengthening of the professional training and development of its 800,000 teachers is urgent and necessary. Towards this end, DepEd is embarking on a major reform initiative, the organizational and program transformation of the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP).




Such transformation is expected, among others, to streamline professional development, make training activities programmatic and accountable, effectively link professional development with career progression, generate efficient use of resources, and ultimately realize NEAP’s mandate of providing the learning and development needs of the increasing number of teachers and school leaders.

Pursuant to the authority, accountability, and responsibility for enhancing the professional competence of all personnel of the Department in accordance with the powers, duties and functions of the Secretary in Republic Act No. 9155, or the Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001, the Implementation of the NEAP Transformation provided in the enclosure of this Order, is hereby directed.

Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance to this Order is directed.




LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES
Secretary


DepEd Order No. 11, s. 2019

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEAP TRANSFORMATION

WHEREAS, Article XIV, Section 5 (4) of the 1987 Constitution states in part that “(T)he State shall enhance the right of teachers to professional advancement”;

WHEREAS, Letter of Instructions No. 1487 (Institutionalizing a Revitalized Program of Teacher In-Service Training in the Public Schools) issued December 10, 1985, directed, among others:

  1. That an organization be designed that will institutionalize and improve upon the existing Learning Action Cell approach, to help ensure the continuing training of public school teachers at the elementary and secondary levels, to see to the upgrading of their competence in subject matter being taught, the principles and methods of teaching, school administration, and other subjects pertinent to the effective exercise of educational functions;
  2. That the training organization shall include as components a National Education Learning Center (NELC), a Regional Education Learning Center (RELC) in each Region or sub-Region, and appropriate training organizations at Division, District and School level;

WHEREAS, Administrative Order No. 282 issued on May 27, 1992 renamed the NELC into the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) and expanded its functions to include the development of school managers and leaders;

WHEREAS, various issuances of the Department of Education have been promulgated to put into effect the directives of the Letter of Instructions and the Administrative Order, but the vision of NEAP being the principal agency for training and development of teachers and school leaders has yet to be fully realized, having been constrained by lack of organizational scale and overlapping functions with various Bureaus and offices;

WHEREAS, as the Department of Education renews its focus on making decisive gains in upgrading education quality, the provision of professional training and development to its 800,000 teachers is urgent and necessary;

WHEREAS, the Office of the Secretary tapped existing and available technical assistance to look into the structure and program of NEAP, and overall professional development activities of the Department, and to study how reforms may be introduced;

WHEREAS, after submission of the study in August 2018, the Secretary issued Office Memorandum 2018-0016 on October 15, 2018, creating a Task Force to evaluate the recommendations of the study and prepare a Detailed Design for NEAP transformation;

WHEREAS, upon completion of its evaluation, the Task Force presented on February 21, 2019 its Report to the Secretary, who approved the Task Force recommendations and proposed detailed design on how to transform NEAP, and directed its immediate implementation, subject to refinements as may be necessary and appropriate during implementation;

WHEREAS, the organizational and program transformation of NEAP are expected, among others, to streamline professional development, make training activities programmatic and accountable, effectively link professional development with career progression, generate efficient use of resources, and ultimately realize NEAP’s mandate of providing the learning and development needs of the increasing number of teachers and school leaders;

WHEREAS, the NEAP transformation shall facilitate the operationalization of the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) and similar standards for school leaders, thereby enhancing the system-wide quality of professional practice in education, effectively support K to 12 initiatives, and radically improve the learning outcomes of learners;

WHEREAS, included in the powers, duties and functions of the Secretary, as provided in Republic Act No. 9155 (Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001), is the authority, accountability, and responsibility for enhancing the professional competence of all personnel of the Department;

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing premises and in the exigency of the service, the following are hereby directed:

SECTION 1. Adoption of Task Force Report. The Report of the Task Force on NEAP Transformation, which contains the recommendations and proposed detailed design for the NEAP transformation and hereto attached as Annex 1, is hereby adopted for immediate implementation, subject to refinements as may be necessary and appropriate during implementation.

SECTION 2. Creation of a Transition Team. A Transition Team is hereby created to work jointly with the existing officers and personnel of NEAP, to execute the steps necessary for carrying out the proposed design of the NEAP transformation.

The Transition Team shall be composed of the following:

Atty. Nepomuceno A. Malaluan
Undersecretary/Chief of Staff
Office of the Secretary

Jesus Lorenzo R. Mateo
Undersecretary
Planning, Human Resource and Organizational Development, and Field Operations

Annalyn M. Sevilla
Undersecretary
Finance

Dr. Diosdado M. San Antonio
Director IV and Officer in Charge (OIC), Office of the Undersecretary Curriculum and Instruction

John Arnold S. Siena
Director IV NEAP

Jennifer E. Lopez
Education Program Supervisor and OIC, Office of the Director III Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD)

Abram Y. C. Abanil
Director IV
Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS)

All Regional Directors

The Transition Team shall be headed by Undersecretary Malaluan, and shall regularly report the transition progress to the Secretary.

SECTION 4. Organizational Transformation of NEAP. The Transition Team, jointly with NEAP, shall commence the organizational transformation of NEAP through its immediate restructuring to reflect its central, regional and other field components, as recommended in the Task Force Report.

The required officers and personnel complement of the transformed NEAP shall be filled through designations and phased hiring, consistent with applicable rules and regulations. All existing NEAP officers and personnel are absorbed into the transformed NEAP, and shall be assigned to the offices where they best fit, as recommended by the NEAP Director.

The Transition Team, through proper channels, is directed to coordinate with the Department of Budget and Management for the creation of the plantilla positions required by the NEAP transformation.

SECTION 5. Program Transformation. The Transition Team, jointly with NEAP, shall undertake the immediate development of an integrated professional development program, covering all aspects as indicated in the Task Force Report. The initial program shall be implemented starting January 2020.

The Transition Team and NEAP shall consult the Teacher Education Council Secretariat and all Central Office Bureaus and Services with existing training programs for teachers and school leaders, to determine the inclusion and prioritization of such programs in the overall professional development program, as well as their respective roles in content development and delivery. Similar consultations and cooperation shall also be with relevant field units.

In the meantime, all existing professional development activities as approved under the 2019 Work and Financial Plans of the relevant Bureaus, Services, offices and units shall proceed as scheduled.

SECTION 6. Technical Assistance. The Transition Team shall engage the Philippine National Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ) based at the Philippine Normal University and its partner, SiMERR National Research Center based at the University of New England, to provide the primary technical assistance for its work. RCTQ-SiMERR undertook the NEAP Transformation study and was also part of the Task Force on NEAP Transformation, through the Basic Educations Sector Transformation program.

The Transition Team shall leverage other technical assistance in support of NEAP Transformation as needed.

SECTION 7. Ecosystem Approach. The Transition Team and the transformed NEAP shall operate under an ecosystem approach, whereby NEAP shall engage a wide range of internal and external stakeholders in the development and delivery of professional learning programs.

SECTION 8. Fully Integrated Professional Development Program. Beginning 2020, the professional development program of the Department for teachers and school leaders shall be fully integrated in terms of development, design and delivery, to include the Teacher Induction Program (for new teachers), career progression programs, and special programs.

As such, beginning 2020, all offices and units of the Department at all levels of governance are hereby directed to coordinate with the transformed NEAP, align with its program, and follow its standards and guidelines in the implementation of any professional development activities for teachers and school leaders.

SECTION 9. Support and Cooperation of All Units. All offices and units of the Department at all levels of governance are hereby directed to extend full cooperation and support to the Transition Team and the transformed NEAP in the discharge of their work under this Order.

SECTION 10. Implementing Issuances. In close collaboration with the existing NEAP, the Transition Team shall recommend to the Secretary the promulgation of the necessary orders and other issuances for the implementation of the organizational and program transformation of NEAP and for other related purposes.

SECTION 11. Term of the Transition Team. The Transition Team shall commence its operation upon effectivity of this Order, and shall complete its work within 18 months therefrom.

SECTION 12: Effectivity. This Order shall take effect upon issuance.

Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance to this Order is directed.

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