By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
A group of teachers will hold a protest action in front of the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office to once again urge the agency’s leadership to junk the implementation of a “burdensome, unnecessary, and unjust” evaluation system for teachers.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said that it will mobilize its members on Monday, April 22, to call the attention of DepEd officials regarding the implementation of the Results-based Performance Management System – Philippine Professional Standard for Teachers (RPMS-PPST). ACT alleged that the RPMS-PPST only serves as a “burden” to teachers due to the “excessive paper works” it requires.
According to DepEd, the RPMS is being implemented in consonance with the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS). It follows the four-phase cycle of SPMS prescribed in CSC Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. 2012 and “aims to ensure that both teaching and non-teaching personnel focus work efforts toward achieving the Department’s vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities.”
As stipulated in DepEd Order No. 2, s. 2015 (Guidelines on the Establishment and Implementation of RPMS in DepEd), RPMS is a “systemic mechanism to manage, monitor and measure performance, and identify human resource and organizational development needs to enable continuous work improvement and individual growth.”
DepEd explained that each tool describes the duties and responsibilities of teachers across career stages, the Key Result Areas (KRAs) for the realization of those duties, and the specific objectives to attain the KRAs.
“It further presents in detail the various Means of Verification (MOV) that serve as proof of the attainment of specific objectives alongside performance indicators, from outstanding to poor performance,” DepEd said.
However, ACT opposes the implementation the RPMS – noting that its requirements are “ridiculous.”
“We are essentially being asked to prove that we worked the entire year through various means of verification identified by the PPST – which supposedly ensure that we comply with a set of standards,” ACT National Chairperson Joselyn Martinez said in an earlier statement.
Prior to the protest action, the group also initiated an online campaign called the #MOVChallenge. ACT is asking teachers who are “burdened” by the RPMS to take photos of their accomplished IPCRF/MOVs and post it online. “This move is part of ACT’s campaign to unburden teachers form excessive paper works and to call for a just salary increase,” the group said.
Aside from urging the DepEd to junk the RPMS-PPST, ACT will also hold the protest action to remind the Duterte government of its promise to increase the salary of teachers. The group has been calling for P30,000 salary for Teacher 1, P31,000 for Instructor 1, and P16,000 for salary grade 1 government employees. It is also pushing for an additional P3,000 to the P2,000 Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA).
Meanwhile, DepEd – in a statement issued earlier – reaffirmed that its RPMS is in accordance to the CSC. Since it is “legally being implemented,” DepEd said that it “cannot arbitrarily order its suspension.”
DepEd maintained that the implementation of RPMS reflects DepEd’s “high regard to monitoring performance at the level of the individual employee and the organization/agency, which is essential in ensuring the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all.” Ultimately, it added that the RPMS is being implemented with “the end view of fostering improvement of individual employee efficiency and agency effectiveness.”
“Recognizing that there are still points for improvement with regard to the RPMS implementation, DepEd requests teachers, and other educators to help identify the issues and problems, and to participate in crafting solutions and ways forward, instead of calling for its suspension,” DepEd said. The Department further pressed that perceived issues in the operationalization of the RPMS “must be looked at and treated separate from the policy.”