/ 24 March 2023

THE DEPARTMENT of Education has launched an online portal that aims to strengthen stakeholders’ engagement in schools.

“Today marks a significant first step in building better relations between our partners and schools. We hope that through this portal, we will be able to attract more civic-minded partners in the future,” DepEd Assistant Secretary for Administration Christopher Lawrence Arnuco said.

The Partnership Assistance Portal aims to bridge gaps between companies or organizations who are willing to adopt a school and supply them with their needs.

The program is aligned with the MATATAG Agenda’s digitization program which includes improved partnership processes, accuracy and transparency of partnership data that can be easily retrieved and accessed by DepEd offices, partners, and stakeholders.

Schools can create their account, post their School Improvement Plan, and tap partners who want to help as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

The system highlights several digitized features like the e-appointment that automates appointment setting for both partners and schools, the menu of investment that lists all of the required assistance of schools that partners can fulfill, and the partnership map that showcases the partnerships made across the country.

Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros, director of DepEd’s External Partnership Services, said that the program “is the result of the hard work of experts who enthusiastically collaborated in a bid to advance education partnerships.”