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DBM approves creation of 5,000 non-teaching positions in DepEd schools

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QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Wednesday, August 30, has rendered its approval of the creation of additional non-teaching positions in public schools under the Department of Education (DepEd). 

Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said that the said initiative aims to reduce the workload of the teaching personnel, particularly those pertaining to administrative tasks related to operations as well as the implementation of school programs, projects, and activities. 

"Malaking tulong po ito sa ating mga guro na ma-unload sila sa mga administrative work at maka-focus sa pagtuturo sa mga estudyante (This is a huge help to unload the administrative work of our teachers, allowing them to solely focus on teaching the students),” said Pangandaman. 

“By hiring non-teaching staff, our educators will be able to save a lot of time and effort,” she added, underpinning the MATATAG Agenda of Vice President and concurrent DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte which anchors the provision of adequate support to teachers for them to better facilitate quality instruction among student learners. 

In particular, a total of 5,000 non-teaching job posts were created. Of these, 3,500 items are Administrative Officer (AO) II positions while the remaining 1,500 are Project Development Officer (PDO) I positions. 

Based on the Fourth Tranche Monthly Salary Schedule for Civilian Personnel of the National Government, the AO II and PDO I positions are entitled to Salary Grade 11 amounting to P27,000. 

The DBM explained that the appropriate funding required for the created positions will be sourced from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) in the approved General Appropriations Act (GAA) for fiscal year 2023. 

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. meanwhile recognized the importance of ensuring the sufficiency of manpower in the education sector towards maintaining the delivery of quality education while catering to the mental health needs of teachers. 

“We need to hire more non-teaching personnel who are qualified for the job, yung tinutukoy ko is yung mga sobrang ginagawa ng mga guro na hindi naman dapat sila gumagawa,” Marcos said in a statement.

“We can give teachers more time to prepare their lesson plans. Sometimes, our teachers also serve as the librarian, nurse, we even receive reports that some are also in charge of the canteen,” he added. (DBM/PIA-NCR) 

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