PASIG CITY, September 24, 2018 – In line with the Department of Education’s (DepEd) commitment to expand the welfare and professional growth of its teaching and non-teaching personnel, the agency is eyeing career advancement for educators that is competency-based.

DepEd’s Human Resource Development Division of the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD-HRDD) have started conducting a review of the career path, as well as recruitment promotion, and reclassification systems, for teaching positions.

The review is expected to result in the issuance of updated policies on hiring and promotion of teachers. DepEd is also looking into submitting a proposal on the improved career path of teachers to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

In the proposed career advancement, promotions will no longer be dictated by occurrence of natural vacancy in higher positions but upon teachers’ attainment of set competencies, teachers will have a career path from Teacher I to Teacher VII (Salary Grade 11 to Salary Grade 17) and Master Teacher 1 to Master Teacher IV (Salary Grade 18 to Salary Grade 22).

This shall also mean that teachers will no longer have to shift to the school administration career line for career growth. Furthermore, the alignment of the promotion system with the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) will foster professional advancement among teachers as they will attain higher competencies.

BHROD-HRDD is currently in the last leg of the series of consultation and validation workshops with teachers, DepEd officials, and education sector advocacy organizations, including representatives of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers and the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition, before the draft policies are finalized for issuance.