THE Department of Education (DEPED) issued updated work arrangements in compliance with the Office of the President’s memorandum requiring all agencies of the government to adhere to 100% onsite workforce following the imposition of Alert Level 1 in most areas of the country.
The latest DEPED issuance is likewise in line with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) resolution that requires government offices under Alert Level 1 to adhere to the 100% onsite workforce, while off-site work shall be subject to relevant rules and regulations issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Office of the President.
Based on the DEPED memo during the imposition of Alert Level 1 system for COVID-19 Response, the 100% onsite reporting capacity is required for all DepEd offices.
“We see the 100% onsite reporting as an opportunity to improve the implementation of our multiple learning delivery modalities, through a more efficient supervision and monitoring of the proper use of learning modules and online platform,” said Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones.
“With this, we can facilitate school-level activities such as learning action cells, coaching and mentoring, remedial classes, and parent-teacher conferences,” she added.
The memo covers all teaching and non-teaching personnel, including contracts of service and job orders in all offices, schools, and community learning centers (CLCS), both adopting face to face classes and distance learning modalities.
Meanwhile, remote and flexible work arrangements may be adopted depending on the prevailing COVID-19 alert level in the locality where the offices, schools, and community learning centers are located.
Heads of offices and schools must ensure the provision of necessary support and resources, including internet connectivity, to all personnel reporting onsite to avoid delay and disruption in delivering basic education services and ensure compliance with minimum health and safety protocols.
On the other hand, personnel infected or identified as close contacts of a probable and confirmed case of COVID-19 are not required to report to work and may avail of the excused absence or adopt a Work-From-Home (WFH) arrangement.
“As our personnel go back to our schools and offices, we want to ensure their health and safety. We enjoin field officials to provide the necessary support they need for the success of our learning delivery to our children,” Briones said.