Quezon City–In order to facilitate displaced Higher Education Institution (HEI) administrators and affected personnel, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Bureau of Local Employment’s (BLE) DOLE K to 12 Adjustment Measures Program (AMP), took part in the organization of the K to 12 NCR Interagency Roadshow at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Auditorium last 18 October 2016.
The NCR Interagency Roadshow was the last leg of the K to 12 Interagency Roadshow show series that took place last 26 August in Cebu City; 2 September in Davao City and 9 September in Pampanga.
Representatives from the Education Industry Tripartite Council (EITC) attended the orientation, together with HEI administrators and affected personnel, as well as Agency staff and officials from the DOLE, CHED, Department of Education (DepEd), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Along with the growing number of affected HEI administrators and personnel, the government implemented programs to assist displaced workers during the transition period towards full-time or self-employment. In addition to the DOLE K to 12 AMP are the CHED Grants for Displaced HEI personnel, the DepEd Green Lane, and Technical Vocational and Livelihood Trainings administered by TESDA.
Under the CHED Development Grants, opportunities provided to displaced higher education personnel include: Scholarships for Graduate Studies; Sectoral Engagement Grants; Professional Advancement; Post-doctoral Study Grants and Senior High School Support Grants.
Based on the CHED Memorandum Order No.51 of 2016, all higher education personnel, whether teaching or non-teaching personnel can apply for the available grants provided that the applicant has served at least one (1) year of service in his/her previous HEI.
Displaced HEI faculty can also apply for the DepEd’s Green Lane Program as Senior High School teachers, as provided by the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 also known as Republic Act 10533.
On the other hand, TESDA provides technical-vocational courses in Senior High School to enable students to become job ready, even before entering college. TVET Programs include twenty-three (23) exploratory courses under Agri-Fishery, Home Economics, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Industrial Arts.
As of October 2016, a total of five hundred sixty-three (563) personnel from twelve (12) regions and fifty-three (53) HEIs nationwide were recorded displaced. Among them, ninety-four (94) beneficiaries are receiving Financial Support alongside the Employment Facilitation services, thirteen (13) selected TVET programs while twenty-five (25) availed the Livelihood services through the DOLE Kabuhayan Program.
The K to 12 DOLE AMP was formed pursuant to the DOLE-DepEd-TESDA-CHED Joint Guidelines on the implementation of the Labor and Management Component of Republic Act No. 10533. It aims to accommodate displaced HEI personnel in their transition towards full time and self-employment through training and livelihood, financial support and employment facilitation.