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Unfilled Positions in DepEd by Regions

Over the years, numerous tweaks and adjustments have been made to (a) lessen the delays in hiring, (b) minimize patronage politics and rent-seeking, and (c) ensure that teachers are prepared for the environment in public schools. Unfortunately, 35,533 teaching and teaching-related positions remain unfilled by the end of 2019.

Hiring and Deployment of Teachers

The last line of defense against the low quality of teachers gaining tenure in public schools is the hiring system of DepEd, which is the biggest employer of teacher-graduates nationwide. The number of teachers hired almost doubled in the period 2000-2020. Over these 20 years, the teaching force grew by an average of 3.47% annually, representing 20,764 new hires. The most significant increases in new teacher items came in 2013 and 2017, after introducing Kindergarten in 2012 and Senior High School in 2016. As a result, DepEd reported a Teacher-Learner ratio for 2020 of 1:28 in Elementary, 1:25 in Junior High School, and 1:29 in Senior High School.

Table 1: Unfilled Positions in DepEd by Regions, School Year 2019-2020

Region I8114022121,425
Region II4592704221,151
Region III1,7596985653,022
Region IV-A3,0421,1136194,774
Region IV-B9463723441,662
Region V2,5147616673,942
Region VI3,0496826974,428
Region VII1,2475226142,383
Region VIII1,4653467382,549
Region IX1,8906106843,184
Region X1,8415122602,613
Region XI9944621411,597
Region XII6632861401,089

While DepEd can secure key plantilla positions yearly, there are still few non-teaching personnel in schools. Teachers and other DepEd employees often are required to perform ancillary tasks assigned by higher authorities. These range from light tasks (e.g., Phil-IRI Coordinator) too cumbersome tasks (e.g., Class Adviser). Ideally, teachers should focus on teaching while other personnel performs non-teaching functions. However, a lack of relevant school positions makes it necessary for teachers and other employees to perform tasks on top of their primary mandate. In most cases, these additional efforts remain uncompensated, and teachers are overworked.


The Importance of a School-Based Management System (SBM)

Total Number of DepEd Teachers by Position Title and Level of Education

Number of Teachers by Teaching Assignment not in Area of Specialization

The Proportion of Teachers With Teacher III and Master Teacher Positions

Overall Passing Rate in Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)

Administrative Cases Filed by Private Lending Institutions Against DepEd Personnel


Office of the Undersecretary for Administration (OUA)

Jasper Klint de la Fuente

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