Office of the Secretary Functions

The Office of the Secretary (OSec) provides overall leadership and direction at the national level. Attached and support agencies to the Department of Education are included under the OSec.

Office of the Department Secretary

The Secretary exercises supervision and control over the entire department and performs the following functions:

  • Advises the President on matters related to education.
  • Establishes the policies and standards for the operation of the Department pursuant to the approved programs of the government.
  • Promulgates rules and regulations necessary to carry out the objectives, policies, functions, plans, programs and projects of the Department.
  • Promulgates issuances necessary for the efficient administration of the offices under him and proper implementations of laws relative to education.
  • Exercises disciplinary powers over officials and employees in accordance with existing laws.
  • Formulates and enforces a management control system to measure and evaluate performance of the Department and submits periodic reports to the President.
  • Prepares and submits to the President through the Department of Budget and Management the budget of the Department.
  • Appoints all officers and employees of the Department except those whose appointment is vested in the President.

Office of the Undersecretaries

At the discretion of the Secretary, each  undersecretary may be assigned to any of the following functions:

  • Advise and assist the Secretary in the formulation and implementation of Department policies, plans and programs.
  • Oversee all the operational activities of the Department for which he will be assigned and held responsible by the Secretary.
  • Coordinate the programs and projects of the Department.
  • On the basis of an official designation, discharge temporarily the duties of the Secretary in case of the latter’s inability to discharge his duties or in case of vacancy of the said office.

Office of the Assistant Secretaries

At the discretion of the Secretary, each assistant secretary may be assigned to any of the following functions:

  • Advise and assist the Secretary and/or Undersecretary in the formulation and implementation of Department policies, plans and programs.
  • Oversee all the operational activities of the Department for which he will be assigned and held responsible for by the Secretary or Undersecretary.
  • Coordinate the programs and projects of the Department.
  • On the basis of an official designation, discharge temporarily the duties of the Secretary or Undersecretary in case of the latter’s inability to discharge his duties or in case of vacancy of the said office.

Legislative Liaison Office

  • Develops and recommends to the Secretary the legislative agenda of the department.
  • Drafts legislation (bills, laws, etc.) for basic education.
  • Prepares comments and position papers on proposed legislation for submission to the Congress.
  • Liaises with the committees on basic education in the Senate and House of Representatives, and the offices of the Senators and Congressmen on their concerns related to basic education.
  • Coordinates with the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) in advocating for the Executive Branch’s Legislative Agenda.

Sites Titling Office

  • Develops appropriate strategies to facilitate the titling process of education sites.
  • Coordinates with the appropriate offices within the Department on the suitability and mapping of education sites.
  • Coordinates with the LRA, DENR, DAR, LMB and other appropriate agencies for the issuance of Presidential proclamations and special patents for untitled sites.
  • Provides legal assistance to the regions regarding the transfer of ownership of education sites in the name of the DepEd.
  • Maintains an education sites database to provide needed information to the Department and other government agencies.

Internal Audit Service

The Internal Audit Service serves as the watchdog of the Department through: (a) appraising existing procedures and related matters as to efficiency and adequacy; and, (b) detecting and preventing frauds or dishonesty in verifying the extent of compliance in a protective nature to the extent possible.

Offices and divisions:

  1. Office of the Director
  2. Management Audit Division
  3. Operations Audit Division​

Teacher Education Council Secretariat

The Teacher Education Council (TEC) Secretariat shall be retained in the rationalized structure as prescribed by Section 8 of RA 7784. The Secretariat shall primarily provide technical and administrative assistance to the Council in preparing policy recommendations, executing its policies and programs, and coordinating with various teacher education advisory bodies.