/ 20 April 2022

THE DEPARTMENT of Education has required teachers and non-teaching personnel to physically report to work now that most areas have been placed under pandemic Alert Level 1.

The department said that the order is in compliance with the memorandum issued by the Office of the President requiring all government agencies to ensure that 100 percent of their workforce are onsite.

“We see the 100 percent onsite reporting as an opportunity to improve the implementation of our multiple learning delivery modalities, through a more efficient supervision and monitoring of the proper use of learning modules and online platform,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

“With this, we can facilitate school-level activities such as learning action cells, coaching and mentoring, remedial classes, and parent-teacher conferences,” she added.

The order to report onsite covers all teaching and non-teaching personnel, including those hired under contracts of service and job orders in all offices, schools, and community learning centers.

Meanwhile, schools may adopt remote and flexible work arrangements depending on the prevailing Covid19 alert level in the locality where the offices, schools, and community learning centers are located.

Heads of offices and schools must ensure the provision of necessary support and resources, including internet connectivity, to all personnel reporting onsite to avoid delay and disruption in delivering basic education. They should also ensure compliance with minimum health and safety protocols.

“As our personnel go back to our schools and offices, we want to ensure their health and safety. We enjoin field officials to provide the necessary support they need for the success of our learning delivery to our children,” Briones said.