Deped clarifies that work from home scheme is highly recommended while physical reporting is highly discouraged

Deped clarifies that work from home scheme is highly recommended while physical reporting is highly discouraged

Deped clarifies that work from home scheme is highly recommended while physical reporting is highly discouraged

The Department of Education Deped clarifies that work from home scheme is highly recommended while physical reporting is highly discouraged.

Last June 19, the TDC wrote a letter to Secretary Leonor M. Briones to seek formal clarification on the work arrangement in the Department after receiving reports of non-compliance or confusion in the implementation of DepEd Order No. 11, s. 2020. The main issue is whether teachers, despite having no classes, are required to report physically to their schools or will maintain the work from home (WFH) set-up beginning June 22. The Order stipulates that the previous work arrangement, which actually allows the WFH scheme, will be extended only up to June 21.

The Department of Education (DepEd) thru the Offices of Undersecretary Jesus L.R. Mateo and Undersecretary Revsee E. Escobedo released the memorandum DM-PHRODFO-2020-00198 dated June 22, 2020 or the
Clarifications on DepEd Order No. 011, s. 2020 or Revised Guidelines on Alternative Work Arrangements (AWA) in the Department of Education During the Period of State of National Emergency due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Intention of the memorandum:

“This Memorandum serves as a reminder that while the Department strives for the continuity of basic education services, we remain committed in protecting the health and safety of our personnel. Precautionary measures must be observed at all times in order to contain the infection and avoid transmission among our personnel and the community that could further hamper service delivery in our offices and schools/CLCs.”

Summary of the basic premises for the Alternative Work Arrangement in the Department of Education:
1. A Work from Home (WFH) arrangement is still highly recommended for both teaching and non-teaching personnel, especially for functions that can be rendered through alternative strategies and remote modalities.

2. DO No. 011 s. 2020 provides a menu of AWA options and guidance to schools/offices/CLCs and personnel on the work arrangement that is most applicable to them.

3. Optimal or full operational capacity does not necessarily correspond to the full workforce physically reporting to the workplace/onsite.

4. In exceptional cases, offices/schools/CLCs requiring physical reporting must ensure that the workplace is compliant with the Safe Return to Work protocols.

5. Physical reporting to the workplace/onsite, including the conduct of physical enrolment in schools and/or other similar activities per DO 008 s. 2020 shall be highly discouraged, even in low-risk areas.

6. For schools that were used as quarantine or isolation facilities, physical reporting shall be prohibited until such time that a certification from the proper health authorities is issued declaring the school as safe and fit for education purposes

7. The health and safety conditions and travel/border limitations of personnel shall be the utmost consideration in determining the applicable AWA per individual:
a. 21 years old and below;
b. 60 years old and above;
c. Pregnant women, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities or other health risks, illnesses and/or pre-
existing medical conditions including those who reside with Suspect or Probable Case; and
d. Personnel who encounter difficulty reporting due to the imposition of strict community quarantine, curfew,
limited or no access to transportation options, and/or other regulatory limitations on travel

The DepEd says that the Memorandum serves as a reminder that while the Department strives for the continuity of basic education services, we remain committed in protecting the health and safety of our personnel.

Copy of the memorandum may be accessed here: http://deped.in/ClarificationsOnDO11

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