DepEd sets teachers’ redeployment allowance

Manila, Philippines --- Excess teachers from both elementary and secondary levels who will be deployed to schools with shortage will be granted "redeployment allowance," the Department of Education (DepEd) said yesterday.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro, through DepEd Order No. 23 series of 2013, has ordered the provision of allowance to those who will be transferred in various elementary and secondary schools nationwide "to catalyze the redeployment of excess teachers to schools with shortage," after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved the funding facility for Fiscal Year (FY 2013-2014).

Luistro said the DBM has already approved the creation of 61,510 new teacher items to effectively accelerate the effort to close the gaps in basic education inputs particularly relative to teacher items. "Along with the approval of redeployment allowance, these new positive developments have placed DepEd in a better position to improve deployment efficiency," he said.

The teachers to be redeployed, Luistro said, shall be entitled to receive a one-time "redeployment allowance" of P18,000.00, once the redeployment has been approved. "Only teachers who are coming from schools with excess teacher items, and are being redeployed to schools with teacher shortage, shall receive the redeployment allowance," Luistro said.

All Schools Division/City Superintendents (SDS) were tasked to ensure that for the deployment of new teacher items, schools with high shortage shall be given priority and schools with excess teacher items shall not be given teacher items regardless of circumstance.

Luistro said the teachers to be redeployed should be responsible for their own personal arrangements pertaining to their redeployment, including, but not limited to, transportation to and from the newly designated school. "They should also perform teaching and teaching-related functions in the new school assignment," he added.

Earlier, the DepEd released the guidelines on the transfer of teachers from one station to another contained in DepEd Order 22, s. 2013. Any teacher from schools with excess teacher items may express "willingness" to be redeployed by writing a Letter of Intent (LOI) addressed to their respective SDS. "The teacher may include in his/her LOI a list of desired school assignments with corresponding reasons for redeployment," Luistro said.

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