By Merlina Malipot
Starting this month, third level officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) will be going through simultaneous transfer or reassignment.
DepEd Order No. 16 series of 2019, signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones last July 12, announced the amendment of the policies on the selection/ appointment and transfer/reassignment of regional officials. The new DO amended the then Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) Order no. 7 s. 1999.
“There shall be simultaneous transfer/reassignment of Regional Directors (RDs), Assistant Regional Directors (ARDs), Schools Division Superintendents (SDSs) and Assistant Schools Division Superintendents (ASDSs) once every three years,” Briones said in the new order.
In the old DECS Order, it was cited that RDs and ARDs may only be transferred or reassigned “every three years but may be retained in the same region for another three years only.” Originally, the transfers/reassignments of ASDSs and SDSs “shall be done every five years” and as a matter of policy, “no ARD and ASDS shall be promoted in his/her region and division of assignments, respectively.”
Briones, in the new DepEd Order, announced the amendment on the policy of reassignment of third level officials in the regional schools and division offices. Under “exceptional” circumstances – particularly in the exigency of the service and subject to the discretion of the Secretary – the newly-issued DepEd Order cited that the “tenure of service of the RDs and ARDs in a given station may be shortened or extended beyond what is stated” in the order.
The simultaneous transfer or reassignment for ARDs and SDSs, Briones said, shall be implemented this July 2019 while January 2020 for all RDs and ASDSs. “They shall be simultaneously transferred/reassigned every three years,” she added.
Briones clarified that transfer/reassignment “shall not cover third level officials who have been transferred/reassigned, as well as those who are set to retire compulsorily, within 6 months from the date of the scheduled simultaneous transfer/reassignment.”
Should simultaneous transfer/reassignment schedule fall during a year when a National and Local Election is to be held, then the transfer/reassignment of the concerned third level officials will be on such period prior to the effectivity of the election ban, “unless there is a prior approval of the transfer/reassignment” from the Commission on Elections