1. The Schools Division Offices and all Private Schools are hereby reminded to follow and act in accordance with the provisions stipulated in DepED Order No. 88, s. 2010, entitled: “2010 Revised Manual of Regulations for Private Schools in Basic Education” and in DepED Order No. 11, s. 2011, entitled: “Amendments to the 2010 Revised Manual of Regulations for Private Schools in Basic Education” particularly on the following Sections for the issuance o Government Permit and Recognition.
Section 28. Authority to Operate. Educational institutions can undertake educational operations only when so authorized by the Department. Consistent with the national educational policies, plans and standards, the Regional Director concerned shall have the authority, accountability and responsibility for approving the establishment of private pre-school, elementary, and high schools and learning centers.
Section 29. Permit and Recognition. Government authority which may be issued for the operation of private schools in basic education shall be of two kinds: a) permit and b) recognition.
PERMIT – A permit for each year level or course shall be effective for a period of one year. The permit issued to a year is valid only for a specific educational program and, while issued on a school year basis shall remain valid until formally revoked by the Department.
RECOGNITION – A recognition for each year level or course shall be for an indefinite period provided that the requirements of law, rules and standards will be satisfied.
Section 30 of the 2010 Revised Manual on the Requirements for Issuance of Permit is amended in DepED Order No. 11 s. 2011 dated February 4, 2011. The highlights of the amendments are on the timelines in the issuance of temporary permit.
- On or before August 30 preceding the start of the school year when the school or new course/year level is supposed to operate – Application for the authority to open a new school, or operate a new course/year level by pre-elementary, elementary, and secondary schools shall be submitted to the Regional Office, or subject to the authority of the Regional Director, to the Division Office.
- Not later than September 30 of the same year the said application was filed – Per authority of the Regional Director, the Division Office shall assess the completeness of the documentary requirements attached to the subject application. The applicant school shall be informed in writing of deficiencies noted.
- Not later than October 30 of the same year – The school shall submit compliance of the deficiencies.
- Not later than November 30 of the same year – If all the documentary requirements are complete or tire school has complied the deficiencies, the Division Office through the Division Inspection Team shall conduct ocular inspection and evaluation of the applicant school’s compliance with the minimum standards set for the program applied for.
- Not later than December 15 of the same year – The applicant school shall be officially informed of the deficiencies noted, after the conduct of the inspection and evaluation until January 31 of the following year. Thereafter, the Regional Office shall re-evaluate and validate compliance with the requirements.
- Not later than February 28 of the following year the said application was filed – The issuance of the Temporary Government Permit, if the applicarit school complies with all the requirements. Otherwise, a written disapproval shall be issued within the same period.
- Renewal of Temporary Permit – The Temporary Permit is valid for one year only.
- On or before January 2nd preceding the opening of the school year – the newly-established school must apply for a RENEWAL PERMIT for the succeeding year.
- Grant of Recognition – The grant of recognition for schools shall be based on their satisfactory operation during the school year, without any deficiencies in instruction, administration and/or management and on full compliance with the prescribed requirements of the course.
- On or before February 1st preceding the opening of the school year in which recognition is intended – Schools operating courses under a temporary permit shall file an application for recognition of those courses on the first and second level of instructions.
2. Failure to submit the application with the required documents on the above-stated timelines shall be subjected to the following provisions as stipulated in Batas Pambansa Blg. 232 dated September 11, 1982:
Par. 2, Sec. 28 which states that:
“Operation of schools and educational programs without authorization, and/or operation thereof in violation of the tenns of recognition, are hereby declared punishable violations subject to the penalties provided in this Act.”
Section 68 on Penalty Clause:
“Any person upon conviction for an act in violation of Section 28, Chapter 3, Title III above, shall be punishable with a fine of not less than two thousand pesos (P2,000.00) nor more than ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) or imprisonment for a maximum period of two (2) years, or both, in the discretion of the court. “
3. All schools shall post copies of new permits and recognitions of their programs on bulletin boards inside their campuses.
4. A copy of the guidelines for the issuance of temporary government permit to open/operate a new school/course is hereby attached.