K to 12 DOLE AMP: crucial aid to college workers displaced by new education scheme

Alvin Villanueva of San Fernando City, Pampanga was put under probationary status when the effects of the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum hit the college he was working for. After he lost his teaching load, his supervisor urged him to apply for the K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program (AMP).

“It’s very beneficial,” he says, referring to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) assistance package, “It helps in my daily expenses considering my unemployed status. Losing my salary required a lot of adjustment, so I’m very thankful for the financial support from DOLE.”

As the K to 12 program was being rolled out in schools across the country, some voiced fears that HEI personnel may face employment termination during this period due to the expected multi-year low enrollment. To mitigate this negative impact on labor, the DOLE issued an order establishing the K to 12 DOLE AMP: an unemployment-related benefit scheme aimed at providing aid to affected personnel.

Last year, the K to 12 DOLE AMP serviced 464 beneficiaries from 1,473 personnel reportedly displaced from their workplaces. HEI workers who lose their jobs during the transition to the new educational system are eligible to apply for the program and receive (1) Financial Support, (2) Employment Facilitation, and (3) Livelihood Opportunities.

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Marcel Budlong, teaching at the Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City

“The financial support really sustained my needs during the time I was job searching,” Lendon Jan Conde, who was laid off from San Pedro College in Davao City, explains how the different program components were essential to him after he lost his posting. “In the few months after I was displaced, I was able to engage in some small business opportunities which helped me and my family with our basic needs.”

Conde has since found reemployment, teaching at St. Mary’s College of Tagum, through the program.

The K to 12 DOLE AMP beneficiaries consider the program much needed aid during this trying period of adjustment. As Marcel Budlong puts it: “The program is ‘like an angel’, providing your needs when you are in crisis. It is for sure beneficial.”

A former full-time teaching faculty of the Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, the school’s guidance officer suggested to him to attend a DOLE seminar after he was listed among those in the retrenchment program of the university. He credits the package of assistance from DOLE for providing him the means to finance his monthly bills and amortization.

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Jemima Yerro of Cebu City

Similarly, Jemima Neriss Yerro from Cebu City expresses profuse thanks to the department for the help she received. Displaced from Cebu Eastern College where she used to teach full-time, she was able to secure a job as a Senior High Teacher at University of San Carlos after just two months in the program.

She says, “The benefits of K to 12 DOLE AMP significantly contributed to the establishment of my career and it paved the way for other wonderful opportunities as well. I am blessed to pursue my passion in teaching, to work and be affiliated in a prestigious university, and to equip myself in the process of finishing my Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. I am grateful for your support and may this program provide significant opportunities to others as well.”

For more information about the K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program, potential beneficiaries are encouraged to contact the K to 12 DOLE AMP Program Management Office at (02) 528.0083, through e-mail at ble.k12doleamp@gmail.com, or through their Facebook page at facebook.com/K12DOLEAMP.

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Testaments of Good Service: The K to 12 DOLE AMP Experience

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Sonny Wetack of AICS

The implementation of Republic Act 10533 or the K to 12 Law aims to enhance the basic education system to ensure that the country’s graduates are at par and can compete with their global counterparts. After two years of implementation, thousands of Senior High School students will either join the workforce or continue their education for higher learning.

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Irma Escobia from FEU

On 10 October 2017, three beneficiaries of DOLE-AMP; Ms. Irma Escobia formerly from FEU, Ms. Lucille Valencia from Adamson University, and Mr. Sonny Wetack of AICS; visited the DOLE-NCR Office to express their gratitude for being extended said intervention. During the interview, they articulated their heartfelt thanks to the program as the financial assistance enable them to sustain their expenses while in transition.

Ms. Valencia, an architect by profession, looked at the displacement on a positive light saying “may oras na ako para sa anak ko at para ma-reconnect sa mga dating estudyante ko; mga kaibigan at kilyente ko na sila ngayon”. Mr. Wetack on the other hand, mentioned that the financial support enabled him to continue his medication as he suffered a stroke in mid-2017. For her part, Ms. Escobia thanked the DOLE for the support as she and her husband were both affected by the implementation of K to 12. “Maraming salamat sa DOLE dahil malaki ang naitulong nito sa pamilya ko at ito din ang ginagastos ko sa paghahanap ng trabaho”, said Ms. Escobia.

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Lucille Valencia from Adamson University

When asked of their experiences with the staff of DOLE-NCR, all three were unanimous in saying that the staff are warm and accommodating in their approach. “Wala silang inisip kundi ung comfort naming mga beneficiaries. Lagi kaming updated through call and text.” They specifically mentioned Ms. Hershey V. Aquino and Mr. Arnold Gratuito, Program Technical Staff for their support in understanding the needs and putting the welfare of the program beneficiaries as their topmost priority.

The implementation of the K to 12 likewise entails changes in the higher education landscape particularly on its personnel. Many higher education institutions implemented measures that resulted to displacement of both its teaching and non-teaching personnel. In response, the Department implements the DOLE- Adjustment Measures Program with the aim of softening the adverse effects of K to 12 to the affected workers of the education institutions. To date, DOLE-NCR facilitated and provided the assistance to 369 displaced HEI personnel.

By: RYAN ROBERTO E. DELOS REYES, Sr. LEO, TSSD-EPWW, DOLE-NCR

K-12 displaced workers get expanded DOLE aid

Teaching and non-teaching personnel of higher education institutions who lost their jobs with the implementation of the K to 12 program receive expanded assistance with the effectivity of a new order, the labor department announced over the weekend.

Department Order No. 177 which takes effect on October 16 also raised the amount of financial support available to displaced HEI personnel. The new order supersedes DO 152-16 or the Guidelines in the Implementation of K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III encouraged HEI personnel to avail of the assistance as provided for in the new order.

Among the amendments under the department order are the expansion of program coverage, extension of application period, increase in the amount of Financial Support, and provision of differential financial support based on the new computation of monetary aid.

Beneficiaries will now receive assistance equivalent to either P10,000, 75 percent of the applicant’s last monthly gross salary, or the prevailing median salary of HEI personnel, whichever is higher.

The K to 12 DOLE AMP will now as well include those who have availed of the early retirement program and voluntary separation program, those whose contracts were not renewed, and those who are under work suspension.

Moreover, with the extension of the application period, the K to 12 DOLE AMP will cover HEI personnel displaced between May 30, 2014, the date of issuance of the DOLE-DepEd-TESDA-CHED Joint Guidelines, and the end of the academic year 2021-2022.

To ease application and to cater to more beneficiaries, the six documentary requirements were reduced to four, and the application period is extended from one month to one year.

The documentary requirements are duly accomplished K to 12 DOLE AMP application form; Certificate of Displacement, or a copy of complaint duly received by the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), in case the beneficiary has filed a case before the NLRC; Certificate of Employment and Compensation; and any government-issued identification card.

Applicants must personally submit their complete documentary requirements at any DOLE Regional or Field Offices not later than one (1) year from the date of displacement; while HEI personnel displaced prior to the issuance of D.O. 177 are given within one (1) year from its issuance to apply for the assistance.

For totally displaced beneficiaries to continually receive the financial support, a conditional requirement of one proof of active job search or “job contact” is required.

The new order is retroactive to May 30, 2014. Existing beneficiaries and those who have completed the program shall receive differential financial support based on the new financial support computation.

 

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DOLE-BLE conducts National Consultation on the Draft Amendment of K to 12 DOLE AMP Implementing Guidelines

MANILA, March 15- The Bureau of Local Employment recently conducted the National Consultation on the amendment of DOLE Department Order No. 152-16 or the Guidelines in the Implementation of K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program with DOLE Regional Offices last 7-8 March 2017 at the Golden Prince Hotel, Cebu City.

The one and a half-day consultation was participated by Technical and Support Services Division Chiefs, Internal Management Services Division Chiefs and Regional K to 12 Focal Persons from the seventeen DOLE Regional Offices across the Philippines.

The said event provided the regional implementers an opportunity to seek and gain clarifications about the proposed amendments and add inputs that further enhances the draft amendment of the Department Order.

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Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga at the podium as he delivers his opening remarks.

On behalf of Dir. Dominique Rubia-Tutay of BLE, Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga of DOLE Region VII graced the National Consultation with his opening remarks.

He emphasized the importance of the National Consultation as an avenue to be updated with the development, status, and progress of the K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program.

“Recognizing that the DOLE Regional Offices are the ‘first point of contact’ for displaced HEI personnel, it is very important that we all have a clear idea of how the program is to be implemented after the amendments are finalized,” said Director Sarcauga.

“This National Consultation was organized so that we will be able to update you regarding the progress of the program, to hear all of your concerns about program implementation, and how we can make the program better, both for the implementers and the beneficiaries,” he added.

Ms. Geraldine B. Labayani, Supervising Labor and Employment Officer, and Mr. Carl Sean E. Pablico, Labor and Employment Officer II of BLE, together with the Deputy Program Manager of K to 12 DOLE AMP Program Management Office, Ms. Grace A. Baldoza, presented the proposed amendments of the Department Order. Clarificatory questions and comments from the regional implementers were then entertained after presenting each provision.

In the proposed revision, the K to 12 DOLE AMP aims to provide assistance and interventions to displaced HEI personnel, enhance their employability and competitiveness, and mitigate the adverse economic impacts of the implementation of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (also known as the K to 12 Program) through Financial Support, Employment Facilitation, Livelihood Opportunities and Referral to other Inter-agency Mitigation Measures.

As the consultation came to its end, Dir. Dominique Rubia-Tutay delivered the ways forward in the implementation of K to 12 DOLE AMP. She highlighted that the initial year of implementation had certain concerns but it was through the Regional Offices that the Bureau through the help of the K to 12 DOLE AMP PMO reached the beneficiaries at the local level.

She encouraged the regional implementers to continue providing the package of assistance that the beneficiaries deserve and further improve the program advocacy.

The program concluded as Ms. Nancy Z. Abad, TSSD Chief of DOLE Region VII hoped for a successful undertaking in the K to 12 DOLE AMP implementation for year 2017.

“I look forward to a more fruitful endeavour this 2017 given the developments in the K to 12 DOLE AMP through the proposed amendments to the DOLE Department Order 152-16,”said Abad.

With the series of meetings conducted with the Technical Working Group (TWG), Education Industry Tripartite Council (EITC) and this recent National Consultation with DOLE Regional Implementers, the draft amendment of Department Order 152-16 shall then be reviewed in the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council and Tripartite Executive Committee.

The approval and issuance of the amendment of the Department Order is expected this 2nd quarter of 2017.

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TSSD Chiefs, IMSD Chiefs and K to 12 DOLE AMP Regional Focal Persons of the DOLE Regional Offices in Luzon with the Bureau and Local Employment representatives and Dir. Dominique Rubia-Tutay

Mindanao Cluster

TSSD Chiefs, IMSD Chiefs and K to 12 DOLE AMP Regional Focal Personsof the DOLE Regional Offices in Mindanao with the Bureau and Local Employment representatives and Dir. Dominique Rubia-Tutay

Visayas Cluster

TSSD Chiefs, IMSD Chiefs and K to 12 DOLE AMP Regional Focal Persons of the DOLE Regional Offices in Visayas with the Bureau and Local Employment representatives and Dir. Dominique Rubia-Tutay

Lovely Rosenil G. Dumagan, K to 12 DOLE AMP Program Management Office Technical Staff

 

DOLE assists K-12 affected HEI workers in Central Visayas

 
Six teachers from higher education institutions (HEI) in Central Visayas who were displaced from their work due to the implementation of the K-12 program will receive financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment’s Adjustment Measures Program (DOLE-AMP).
 
In the report of Labor Tripartite Council in Education in Region 7, the displaced personnel will receive a total of six months financial support for their transition to full-time or self-employment.
 
Among the beneficiaries are Cerina Ledesma, a full time and non-permanent college teacher at Velez College; and Osias Tumol, a full time, permanent teacher at Holy Name University in Bohol.  
 
Ledesma will receive P16,832.71 every month until 17 April 2017. Osias on the other hand, will receive P14,103.03 per month until 17 May 2017.
 
Labor and Employment Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga said that DOLE-AMP updates would form part of the learning session to be facilitated during the forthcoming General Membership Meeting (GMM) of LTCE in April 2017.
 
He said that the learning session would help disseminate more information to the schools in the Region regarding DOLE-AMP and the assistance that can be extended to K to 12 affected HEI personnel.
 
DOLE-7 also extended financial support to four teachers from the Rogationist Seminary College Cebu, Incorporated located in St. John Street, Don Bosco Village, Pleasant Homes Subdivision, Cebu City.
 
“The beneficiaries are required to accomplish their identified and recommended plan of action as reflected to continuously receive their subsequent financial support,” said Director Sarcauga.
 
The beneficiaries for financial support and employment facilitation are required to submit proof of one Job Contact per month for the approved coverage; and participate in employment facilitation programs offered by the DOLE.
 
For the availment of TESDA’s Skills Training, they must attend skills training offered by TESDA as necessary. In case they will be given DOLE Kabuhayan Program assistance, they must participate in livelihood programs provided by DOLE.
 
K-12 affected HEI personnel may avail of financial support, employment facilitation or training and livelihood assistance.
 
Under the rules and guidelines of the DOLE-AMP, the amount shall be based on the prevailing median salary of the affected HEI personnel per nature of his or her appointment per region, or his or her affected/lost salary, whichever is lower.
 
“We want to make it clear that financial support is purposely extended to affected HEI personnel so that they could use it in their search for a subsequent full employment. The grant will be released through automated teller machine money transfers,” said Sarcauga.
 
The DOLE-7 Head cautioned beneficiaries that if in case they would fail to comply with any of the conditional requirements, the release of subsequent financial support would be temporarily suspended. A written warning will be issued as well requiring them to submit a written explanation for the non-compliance.
 
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NCR Inter-Agency Roadshow on K to 12 Mitigation Programs

MANILA CITY- In order to raise awareness of the government’s K to 12 mitigation programs and  to provide assistance to higher education institution (HEI) teaching and non-teaching personnel affected by the implementation of K to 12, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recently conducted the NCR Inter-Agency Roadshow.

The Roadshow, held last October 18, 2016 at the CHED Auditorium, seeks to disseminate the intervention of the government in providing assistance to affected HEI personnel through the CHED Development Grants, DepEd Green Lane Program, TESDA’s Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Programs and K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program (AMP).

HEI personnel and administrators, officers and members of the Education Industry Tripartite Council, and Labor Union representatives attended the event. With the challenges they will be facing in the implementation of K to 12 , the Regional Director of DOLE-NCR, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete, encouraged the participants in his opening message.

“[Through the roadshow] we will be able to find out what to do, and to know how and when are we taking the next steps,” said Director Cañete.

“Today, we will be giving a meaning to each ones’ lives that will be affected by the K to 12 program of the government,” he added.

Speakers from the Inter-Agency were Ms. Erika Grace E. Velasco, Inter-agency Officer of CHED K to 12 Program Management Unit; Dr. Rita E. Riddle, School Division Superintendent of DepEd Division of Caloocan; Mr. Elpidio D. Mamaril Jr., District Director of TESDA-Quezon City; and Ms. Grace A. Baldoza, Deputy Program Manager of K to 12 DOLE AMP Program Management Office.

During the event, participants were informed of the K to 12 Government Mitigation Programs and were given the opportunity to raise their questions and concerns during the open fora.

Through the presentations, the speakers explained and emphasized the objectives of their respective programs.

The Development Grants of CHED aims to mitigate the adverse impact of the transition on labor and upgrade the quality of higher education through Scholarship for Graduate Studies and Professional Advancement, Faculty Development Grants, Retraining for Senior High School and Innovation Grants for Institutions.

DepEd Green Lane Program, on the other hand, aims to prioritize and fast-track hiring of displaced HEI Personnel into DepEd Senior High Schools.

TESDA TVET Programs aim to facilitate the skills training, assessment, and certification of HEI faculty who would want to teach certain qualifications under the tech-voc track in Senior High Schools. Through these programs, TESDA will also facilitate partnership arrangements between basic education institutions and technical-vocational institutions in the implementation of the tech-voc track in Senior High School.

DOLE, through the K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Program, aims to support displaced HEI Personnel in their transition to full-time or self employment through Financial Support, Employment Facilitation, and Training and Livelihood from TESDA’s TVET Programs and DOLE Kabuhayan Program.

The Roadshow concluded with the closing message of Atty. Angela Lysa L. Balacano, Inter-Agency Lead of CHED K to 12 Program Management Unit (PMU), where she encouraged everyone to help the government effectively implement and improve the K to 12 mitigation programs primarily by availing these programs, reporting other affected HEI personnel who may also benefit from the government programs, and disseminating the information to higher education institutions and other affected personnel.

Lovely Rosenil G. Dumagan, K to 12 DOLE AMP Program Management Office Technical Staff

Download presentations here.

Interagency to conduct a K to 12 Roadshow in NCR

In the recently concluded Interagency Roadshows in Cebu (for the Visayas Cluster),  in Davao (for the Mindanao Cluster), and in  Pampanga (for the Luzon Cluster), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will once again conduct K to 12 Interagency Roadshow, specifically for National Capital Region, on October 18, 2016 at CHED Auditorium, C.P. Garcia Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila.

The activity has the objective to intensify the information dissemination of the K to 12 mitigation measures of the four agencies in the implementation of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 ( K to 12 Program).

Expected that there would be affected teaching and non-teaching Higher Education Institution (HEI) personnel due to the implementation of K to 12 program, the activity aims to ensure that stakeholders shall adequately made aware of the various initiatives of the agencies. Through this, stakeholders shall be provided of the opportunity to participate in the initiatives of the agencies.

Attendees of the Roadshow are displaced personnel and administrators from Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and officers and members of Education Industry Tripartite Council and HEI Labor Unions in NCR.

To confirm participation of anticipated attendees,  they are encouraged to register online at http://bit.ly/ncrk12interagencyroadshow.