The Department of Education (DepEd) seeks to further strengthen its Alternative Learning System (ALS) in order to reach more out-of-school children, youth and adults in response to attainment of objectives of both Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In line with the thrust to strengthen Science and Mathematics education in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE), has been implementing the specialized public secondary school system through the Regional Science High Schools (RSHSs) since 1994.
For the information and guidance of all concerned, enclosed is a copy of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 1302242 dated October 1, 2013 entitled Amendments to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10154, Otherwise Known as an Act Requiring All Concerned Government Agencies to Ensure the Early Release of the Retirement Pay, Pensions, Gratuities and Other Benefits of Retiring Government Employees which is self-explanatory.
The Madrasah Education Program (MEP), a component of the K to 12 Program, contains a comprehensive standard or enhanced basic education curriculum in Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) for all Muslim learners from both public and private Madaris. MEP aims to engage Muslim learners with relevant educational opportunities and processes, as contained in the Road Map for Upgrading Muslim Basic Education, and with components of Madrasah Education.
In line with the thrust to improve the quality of teaching and performance of talented secondary school students, the Department of Education (DepEd) implemented the Special Program for the Arts (SPA) and the Special Program for Sports (SPS) since 2000 in selected public secondary schools nationwide. The schools offering SPA and SPS provide development opportunities to high school students with high inclination and potential for arts and sports.
In line with the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program, the Department of Education (DepEd) has strengthened the implementation of Every Child a Reader Program (ECARP). This Program is envisioned to establish and institutionalize, through a Multi-literacy and Numeracy Program, a continuous, sustainable and cost-effective professional development system (school-based mentoring or learning partnership program for technology transfer) to primary school teachers and thereby produce Filipino children with literacy and numeracy skills for lifelong learning.
The Department of Education (DepEd) through the Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE) and the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) is implementing the Special Education (SPED) program for learners with special needs and disabilities, including those who are gifted and talented.
In line with its thrust to strengthen Science and Mathematics education in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE), has officially implemented the Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) Program since 2004 in 112 schools nationwide.
The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE), has been implementing the Special Science Elementary School (SSES) Project since 2007. This is an educational intervention designed to develop children who have keen interest and exceptional abilities in Science and Mathematics.
This DepEd Order which provides the supplemental guidelines to the DepEd Order No. 83, s. 2012, further details the continuum in the SBM and PASBE processes. In this DepEd Order, an accredited status in PASBE is equivalent to Level III SBM practice.