Road to employment during the K to 12 transition
The implementation of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Basic Education Act of 2013 (known as the K to 12 Law) emerges the multi-year low enrollment of students in the Higher Education Institutions which resulted to the displacement of teaching and non-teaching personnel.
“Because of the K to 12 program of DepEd, our school was affected. Our branch has closed and my employment was displaced,” said Ms. Maria Angelica Sancio, former permanent full-time guidance counselor of Asian Institute of Computer Studies-Rizal.
With a foreseen impact on labor, the Department of Labor and Employment came up with a mitigation measure that aims to provide assistance to displaced HEI personnel in their transition to full-time and self-employment through the K to 12 DOLE AMP which provides financial support, employment facilitation, and training and livelihood.
“The K to 12 DOLE AMP is a great help. First, with the financial assistance, it supported me during the time when I was unemployed and searching for a new job. Second, with the employment facilitation, the program provided me with list of companies and schools that I can apply for. Lastly, with the training and livelihood, TESDA provided me with the needed assistance,” Ms. Sancio explained.
As of 31 May 2017, 38 beneficiaries of the K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program (K to 12 DOLE AMP) completed the program since its implementation in June 2016. These are some of the beneficiaries who successfully attained wage or self-employment: Ms. Graciel Torres and Mr. Mario Sangco of the Negros Island Region; Ms. Maria Angelica Sancio of Region 4-A; Ms. Lovely Joy Taa of Region 4-B; Ms. Sarah Jane Llorito of Region 6; and Ms. Lota Florentino of the Cordillera Administrative Region.
Since the effectivity of the implementing guidelines of K to 12 DOLE AMP, the program has already assisted to 235 beneficiaries from 1,142 reported displaced personnel.
Ms. Graciel Torres, former full-time faculty personnel of John B. Colleges Foundation Inc. of Negros Island Region, was displaced from her institution after 14 years of service.
“It greatly affected my employment because I was out of job after 14 years of service, so it really affected me financially,” said Ms. Torres.
The K to 12 DOLE AMP helped her family financially and assisted her in her search for another employment.
“The financial assistance has been really helpful for me and my needs in times that I lose my job and since our benefits from the school is not that huge. So the amount I got from the DOLE AMP is very helpful,” she added.
After six months of availment, she has now successfully attained a wage employment.
Ms. Maria Angelica Sancio of Region 4-A, former permanent full-time guidance counselor of Asian Institute of Computer Studies-Rizal, was also displaced since the institution stopped operating due to the implementation of K to 12. With the assistance provided by the K to 12 DOLE AMP through financial support, employment facilitation, and training and livelihood, her search for new employment was fast-tracked. After availing the program for three months, she has now attained full-time employment.
Ms. Lovely Joy Taa of Region 4-B, on the other hand, is a full-time non-teaching personnel of the City College of Calapan. As the eldest daughter of her family, the transition has been difficult for her since she has no other source of income to support her siblings.
“With the transition of K to 12 Program, right after when I lose my job, it has greatly affected my basic needs. Since I am the eldest of my family, I felt the necessity to definitely have a job for them,” she said.
Through the K to 12 DOLE AMP, she was aided financially in her search for new employment. After a month of availment, she was able to attain a new wage employment and received incentives for the remaining five months of the program.
“After I received the first tranche of financial support, I was able to find a new job and I also received the incentive from the remaining months of availment,” she added.
Another beneficiary is Ms. Sara Jane Llorito of Region 6, former non-teaching personnel of John B. Lacson Maritime University. The institution displaced her as it experienced tremendous financial losses due to lack of enrollees. The management decided to reduce their employees through a retrenchment program. In her transition, the K to 12 DOLE AMP aided her with financial support for a period of six months, which assisted her in setting up a sari-sari store.
“While I’m still adjusting and looking for another job, I used the financial assistance to set up a sari sari store,” she added.
Lastly, Ms. Lota Florentino from the Cordillera Administrative Region is a former permanent full-time faculty personnel of St. Louis University. She successfully attained self-employment through the assistance provided by the K to 12 DOLE AMP. Her employment in the university affected her when the general education subjects were transferred to Senior High School. The assistance provided her with a start-up budget, which aided the logistics of her business.
“The program really helped me a lot, especially financial assistance. It sort of served as my salary for six months and it helped me lift up the logistics of the business that I was starting-up,” Ms. Florentino explained.
With the assistance provided by the program, the beneficiaries were aided in their immediate financial needs and in their transition to new employment.
The Bureau of Local Employment is currently working on the expanded guidelines of the program to better its efforts in assisting more affected HEI personnel in the remaining years of the K to 12 transition.