/ 23 February 2022

THE DEPARTMENT of Education has received certification from the Civil Service Commission for its human resource management program.

In a virtual ceremony, Education Secretary Leonor Briones received the certification for the DepEd’s Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management Maturity Level II last February 14.

“We thank the Civil Service Commission for recognizing our efforts to improve our HR system. This journey has been long but fruitful. We intend to keep on improving our systems and processes to empower not only our HRM officers but also our personnel,” Briones said.

For the first time since the inception of PRIME HRM, DepEd passed the CSC assessment on all four core HRM systems — Recruitment, Selection and Placement, Learning and Development, Performance Management, and Rewards and Recognition.

“We have witnessed in the Department of Education Central Office the change that happened in their HR systems, practices and competencies through PRIME-HRM. Nakita natin ‘yung desire ng central office PRIME-HRM team to be ‘PRIMEd’ and capacitated, nakita natin ‘yung series of meetings, series of trainings, series of orientations conducted to capacitate the HR focal persons, the top management, the top committees, all officials and employees of DepEd central office. Nakita natin ang bayanihan. We are now reaping the fruits of our hard labor,” CSC-National Capital Region Director Phillip Apostol said.

Undersecretary for Human Resource Management and Organization Development Wilfredo Cabral said that the department hopes to improve further its HRM system.

“Hindi lamang po dito ito nagtatapos. Hindi masusukat ang galing at success ng isang organisasyon kung mananatili ito kung saan ito narito ngayon. Sa halip, ito ay isang hamon para muli nating akyatin ang sunod na baitang and hopefully ay maka-level three tayo. Hopefully, after that, we can claim that DepEd, the largest bureaucracy in the government, is the pioneer in this excellence,” Cabral said.