The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued DO. 70, s. 2016 for the guidelines on the enrolment and encoding of Grade 11 learners in the Learner Information System (LIS) for the second semester. The guidelines will provide the qualifications and procedures for enrolment, transfer, and program shift of SHS learners for the second semester in all public and private schools, state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs), and higher education institutions (HEIs) offering SHS in the LIS. Please click below to download the document.
The SHS Voucher Management System (SHS VMS) can be accessed for the creation of the billing statements for second semester once the schools have updated the status of their Voucher Program Beneficiaries (VPBs) in the DepEd Learner Information System (LIS). Availability of the DepEd LIS for this process will be announced through a DepEd Order. Please regularly check the PEAC website for updates.
PEAC has deployed teams of certifiers to visit applicant and participating schools in the Education Service Contracting (ESC) Program to ensure the schools’ readiness and compliance with the requirements and standards set by DepEd and PEAC. The schedule of the recertification and certification visits is posted on the PEAC website.
Prior to the visit, schools are required to submit the necessary documents. Failure to submit the documents will not delay or stop the visit, but may affect the outcome of the certification or recertification of the school. During the actual visit, schools are reminded to prepare documents for exhibit, which are also listed in the Certification Assessment Instrument (CAI), and to be guided by the schedule of activities of the certifiers.
Results of the certification will be released in December 2016 and the results of the recertification will be released in March 2017.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), together with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), organized an orientation on the SHS Voucher Program for state and local universities and colleges (SUCs and LUCs) in Visayas and Mindanao last November 21-22, 2016 at the Crown Regency Mactan, Cebu City.
The two-day orientation was attended by the PEAC Regional Program Coordinators, representatives from the Regional Offices of CHEd and DepEd, and administrators of SUCs and LUCs participating in the SHS Voucher Program. The PEAC National Secretariat team gave updates on program implementation, particularly the processing of the billing statements for the second semester. Resource speakers from DepEd and CHEd discussed their respective policies on the senior high school implementation. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) had a presentation on its 4Ps Program.
Based on the data from CHEd, there are a total of 107 SUCs and LUCs that offer senior high school in Visayas and Mindanao. Please see the program details below.
In response to the concern of ESC participating schools and teachers with regard to the tax treatment of the Teacher Salary Subsidy (TSS), the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) has instructed SLB Attorneys-at-Law to draft an advisory in accordance with existing tax laws to serve as guide to participating schools.
For school year 2016-2017, eligible teachers of private junior high schools participating in the Education Service Contracting (ESC) of the GASTPE Program of the Department of Education (DepEd) receive a subsidy of P18,000 per year. TSS teacher-recipients should be teaching ESC grantees a minimum of 180 minutes per week, and should have passed the LET and have a PRC license.
DepEd established a Teachers’ Salary Subsidy Fund in support of Section 14 of Republic Act 8545, or the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE).
Grade 10 completers from private Junior High Schools (JHSs) who are not ESC grantees can now apply for the SHS Voucher Program for school year 2017-2018. Applications may be done manually or online and are free of charge. The requirements include the Voucher Application Form (for manual application), recent 2x2 colored ID photo, proof of financial means, and certificate of financial assistance received (if applicable).
DepEd has issued DepEd Order 66, s. 2016 on the Detailed Guidelines on the Applications for the SHS Voucher Program. Grade 10 completers from public schools, SUCs and LUCs as well as Grade 10 completers who are ESC grantees from private schools are automatically qualified to receive the voucher.
As of 30 September 2016, the Department of Education (DepEd) has processed a total of P714.04 million payments for the SHS Voucher Program with actual payments amounting to P239.88 million.
For the ESC and TSS, actual payments amount to P2.86 billion. DepEd has processed payments totaling P4.78 billion that cover 599,048 ESC grantees and P379.15 million for 21,064 TSS teacher-recipients, based on the billing statements submitted.
The release of school payments is on a first come, first served basis. Participating schools can view the status of their school payments by accessing their accounts in the ESC Information Management System (IMS) and/or SHS Voucher Management System (VMS).
As per DepEd Memorandum 142, S. 2016, non-DepEd SHS providers participating in the SHS Voucher Program can now create billing statements of their remaining untagged Qualified Voucher Recipients (QVRs) through a special facility created for this purpose starting September 1, 2016.
The facility is being made available for ESC Grade 10 completers and QVAs who remain untagged as QVRs in the Learner Information System (LIS). QVRs who are public Grade 10 completers will still be automatically tagged and generated by the LIS.
Concerned schools are directed to visit the home page of their VMS account for more details.