September 21, 2018
DepEd Order No. 39, s. 2018
CLARIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO DEPED ORDER NO. 30, S. 2017 (GUIDELINES ON WORK IMMERSION)
Bureau and Service Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
All Others Concerned
Further to DepEd Order No. 30, s. 2017 entitled Guidelines for Work Immersion, the Department of Education issues this DepEd Order to provide the following clarifications and additional information:
Work Immersion as a requirement for Senior High School (SHS) Graduation
Though the intention of Work Immersion is to provide SHS learners with opportunities to become familiar with the workplace, simulate employment, and to apply their competencies in areas of specialization/ applied subjects in actual work environments, DepEd recognizes other options that may equally prepare learners for all curriculum exits.
For all tracks, schools may opt to devise unique delivery model with a minimum of 80 and a maximum of 320 hours following the Curriculum Guide.
For Technical-Vocational Livelihood (TVL) Track, Work Immersion is a requirement.
All TVL learners shall have completed the required learning competencies of a particular specialization before Work Immersion.
The nominal duration of a specialization for TVL shall be considered in crafting the delivery model of the school.
For other tracks, learners may have Work Immersion or other options stated in the next column. They shall start taking the chosen option in Grade 12.
Accounting, Business and Management (ABM) learners may have Business Enterprise Simulation (Enclosure No. 1).
Humanities and Social Science Strand (HumSS) learners may take Culminating Activity (Enclosure No. 2).
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learners may take Research/Capstone Project (Enclosure No. 3).
General Academic Strand (GAS) learners may take Research/Capstone Project or Culminating Activity.
For the Sports Track, learners may take Apprenticeship (off-campus) (Enclosure No. 4).
For the Arts and Design Track, learners may take Performing Arts Production or Exhibit for Arts Production (Enclosure No. 5).
On Section 5, Item 5.h in the enclosure to DO 30, s. 2017 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Work Immersion
The Department recognizes the help (such as insurance, transportation allowance and other relevant expenses) provided by the partner institution and other organizations for Work Immersion. Hence, it reiterates that such donation may be included under DepEd’s Adopt-A-School Program.
All MOA shall be signed by the school principal or school head at the school level, while the schools division superintendent shall sign the MOA/MOU at the schools division level.
All schools through its school head or principal shall orient its partner institutions on the relevant policies that might concern them such as, but not limited to, Child Protection Policy, Gender-Responsive Basic Education Policy.
The school head may serve as the School Partnership Focal Person or may assign a personnel/teacher to perform the said duties as deemed necessary.
On Section 5, Item 9 in the enclosure to DO 30, s. 2017 Expenses in securing partnerships
As stipulated in DO No. 9, s. 2018, letter D number 14, maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) can be used “to fund activities as identified in the approved SHS Implementation Plan.” Since Work Immersion is a SHS subject, its expenses for meetings like transportation shall be covered by MOOE.
On Section 5, Item 10 in the enclosure to DO 30, s. 2017 Fees for Work Immersion
All DepEd schools shall not collect any fees for Work Immersion. However, the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) may initiate consultation among its members for any contribution or expenses their children would have for the said subject on voluntary basis. Schools shall only be informed and not be involved with the collection of payment from the parents.
For private schools, Work Immersion fee must undergo consultation and approval from General Parents-Teachers Association (GPTA) before it can be charged against the learners.
On Section 6 in the enclosure to DO 30, s. 2017 Work Immersion Delivery Models
The Department recognizes the different set up and context of schools across the country. Hence, a unique delivery model is encouraged if any of the delivery models does not fit their need. However, schools with the endorsement of schools division office (SDO) must still seek the approval of regional office (RO) following the Checklist for Unique Delivery Model (Enclosure No. 6).
Schools that intend to have a unique delivery model for the new school year shall submit their requirements on/or before April 31 of each year starting 2019.
The RO shall release an approval letter to the schools that meet the requirements stated in Enclosure No. 6.
Schedule of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of Work Immersion
The Curriculum and Instruction Division (CID) through the Division Senior High School Supervisor-in-Charge or assigned focal person in charge of Work Immersion shall conduct at least two Progress Monitoring to be scheduled before and during the Work Immersion using the Progress Monitoring Tool (Enclosure No. 7).
The CID shall conduct a one shot evaluation of Work Immersion using the Annex F of DO 30, s. 2017, two weeks after the Work Immersion of schools. It shall be submitted to the Curriculum and Learning Management Division (CLMD) through the Regional Senior High School Supervisor-in-Charge for consolidation in the first week of April of each year.
Annual Submission of Regional Report on Work Immersion
The Department acknowledges the needs and concerns of each region, hence, systematic feedback mechanism shall be reinforced to impact the national policy and standards. Therefore, all ROs shall submit a Regional Report on Work Immersion (Enclosure No. 8) on the third Friday of May of each year, to the Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD), addressed to the Director IV.
Learners’ Health Permit or Doctor’s Certification
The Department realizes the nature or sensitivity of some partner institutions’ operations that may require learners to secure health permit or doctor’s certification indicating that they are physically fit. Hence, DepEd schools shall assist learners who are seeking the said document from the nearest health centers or government hospitals. The cost of learners’ health permit or doctor’s certification may be shouldered by the partner institution, which must be included in its agreement with the school.
For private or non-DepEd schools, their school clinic shall facilitate the process of securing these documents for the learners.
Learners with Special Needs in Work Immersion
Identified learners with special needs enrolled in the mainstream classes who will undergo Work Immersion shall be given program accommodation, modification and adaptation based on their abilities and after consultation with the concerned school personnel. Their program of activities and its assessment shall vary based on their conditions but shall still be anchored on the competencies used in the mainstream.
Learners’ Religious and Cultural Practices
It shall be recognized and permitted in the Work Immersion as long as it does not impede the learners’ activities and partner institution’s operations.
Work Immersion during summer breaks or holidays
All schools shall consider the enrollment of learners who undergo Work Immersion even during summer, following DO No. 13, s. 2018 entitled Implementing Guidelines on the Conduct of Remedial and Advancement Classes During Summer for the K to 12 Basic Education Program, which states the eligibility of incoming Grade 12 learners who will undertake Work Immersion in the succeeding semester, semestral breaks or holidays as part of the school year.
DepEd teachers or personnel who will render services during these periods must be given service credits as stipulated in DO 53, s. 2003 entitled Updated Guidelines on Grant of Vacation Service Credits for Teachers.
Allowable Time for Work Immersion
Learners shall perform their Work Immersion activities during daytime only (6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.), with eight or less hours per day.
In case of class suspensions, Work Immersion session shall also be suspended and shall have a make-up schedule to compensate for the lost hours.
All DepEd Orders and other related issuances, rules and regulations, and provisions, which are inconsistent with these guidelines, are repealed, rescinded, or modified accordingly.
Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.
LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES