Pasig City, Philippines – Almost 120,000 vacancies remains to be filled in the Department of Education (DepEd) both for teaching and teaching-related personnels according to the Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.
Despite the enormous unfilled positions, this has actually decreased from the previously reported total of 125,065 to 119,412 as of July 30. Briones is also optimistic that the unfilled vacancies will be “drastically reduced” within the year as the agency continues to encourage and hire more qualified applicants to fill the vacancies; this after the education department got an exemption from the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC).
The CSC’s Omnibus Rules on Appointment and Other Human Resource Actions (ORAOHRA) require that all government positions require publication and posting in three conspicuous places for at least 10 calendar days for national agencies, and prohibiting the publication of vacant positions earlier than 50 days before the anticipated vacancy in cases of retirement, resignation, or transfer.
Undersecretary for Planning Service and Field Operations Jesus Mateo explained that the CSC procedures pose restrictions to the agency to fill up the positions. With the exemption obtained by DepEd, it made the process easier. This means that whenever a position is vacant, it will not be automatically filled up by the agency up to the school level, until it was published. After the exemption, the agency may now publish vacancies 60 days prior to availability. It will also allow the DepEd to fill up and advertise these positions.
Mateo also clarified that the 119,412 total unfilled positions already include the 75,242 items created in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, wherein 33,094 (which include Teacher I, Teacher II, and Master Teacher items) have been filled as of July 30; the 19,049 items created between FY 2010 and FY 2017; and the 4,403 natural vacancies (due to retirement, resignation, transfers and other forms of separation).
Non-teaching and teaching-related items include 19,996 items for schools and Schools Division Offices (5,596 school heads, 5,005 finance service personnel for schools, 4,172 guidance counselors, 2,664 administrative support staff, 314 school health and nutrition personnel, 153 administrative personnel for SHS, and 2,0912 other technical positions); 354 items for Regional Offices; and 368 items for the Central Office.
The agency has also been ensuring that only qualified and competent applicants will get hired through improvement of the qualification standards. Aspiring principals are required to pass the Principals’ Test; applicants for Administrative Assistant II and III (bookkeeper and senior bookkeeper) are now required to have bachelor’s degree in Business Administration major in Accounting from the previous qualification standard of completing two years in college; and would-be guidance counselors need to obtain master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling on top of their license.
For vacancies in the government, including those in the DepEd, visit the CSC website.