OVER 10,000 employees of the Department of Education (DepEd), particularly non-teaching staff, may lose their jobs once the agency’s rationalization plan will be implemented, according to the militant teachers’ group Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT).
ACT national president Benjie Valbuena said DepEd’s rationalization plan will result in a massive layoff nationwide, except in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
A handful of TDC members held a picket rally in front of the DepEd central office in Pasig City to denounce the planned massive lay off.
Last week, the education department issued DepEd Order No. 53 stating that a new system of staffing will be implemented in the central office units, regional offices and school division offices excluding the DepEd-ARMM.
Under the new system, employees whose items will be affected by the rationalization plan have the option to remain or avail of the retirement or separation incentives.
Valbuena said the rationalization plan will immediately displace all contractual and casual employees, including those under the job order scheme by December 31. Regular employees meanwhile, also have the option to retire early or stay in government service but their permanent status will be turned into co-terminus with the incumbent status.
“This is a blatant attack on the security of tenure of the rank and file employees. There is no truth to the claim of the government that these employees or their positions are not needed because the education sector is evidently under staffed right now. The education sector even needs more,” he added.
Department of Education National Employees’ Union (DepEd-NEU) president Domingo Alidon said they are supporting the rationalization plan but denied that there will be a massive layoff of employees.
“The rationalization in the government bureaucracy is good. It’s not true that there will be a massive layoff of personnel,” Alidon said.
“All affected employees have options. At most they could be co-terminus, meaning they will report and work until they retire so nobody will be laid off,” he added.