OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

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.

Planning Service

  • Develops the national framework on planning, research and policy development for the Department.
  • Responsible for providing the Department with economical, efficient and effective services relating to strategic and operational planning, program development, policy (re)formulation and research coordination and sector monitoring and evaluation.

Offices and divisions:

  1. Office of the Director
  2. Policy Research and Development Division
  3. Planning and Programming Division
  4. Education Management Information System (EMIS) Division

Public Affairs Service

  • Formulates a national framework to guide the operations of the Public Affairs Service office.
  • Develops standards, policies, and guidelines on communications and public relations for the Department.
  • Develop advocacy and public affairs strategies for the Department.
  • Functions as clearing house of all materials for public release in print and non-print media.
  • Facilitates and manages the mechanism of receiving, processing and analyzing information from internal and external parties ensuring the Department’s accessibility to its stakeholders and the general public.
  • Provides timely and appropriate responses to general queries and concerns in behalf of the Department.

Offices and divisions:

  1. Office of the Director
  2. Communications Division
  3. Publications Division

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​

Youth Affairs and Special Concerns

Youth Formation Division