Inter-Agency Joint Committee

Pursuant to Section 31 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10533 (the “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013”), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issued the Joint Guidelines on the implementation of the labor and management component of the Act.

The Guidelines was issued to ensure the sustainability of private and public institutions; to protect the rights, interests, and welfare of teaching and non-teaching personnel; and to optimize employment retention or to prevent, to the extent possible, displacement of faculty and non-academic personnel in private and public higher education institutions (HEIs) during the transition from the previous ten (10) year basic education cycle to the enhanced basic education program or K to 12.

Below are the initiatives that each agency offers to interested HEI personnel.

Department of Education

  • Pursuant to Section 12 of RA 10533, qualified academic personnel affected or displaced from employment from HEIs as a result of the adoption and implementation of the Act shall be given first priority in hiring. Thus, displaced HEI faculty (with the specializations needed by the school) shall be appointed first before all other qualified applicants may be appointed.

Commission on Higher Education

  • The CHED is providing opportunities for upgrading of the qualifications of both the HEI and its personnel through the provision of the following: Faculty may engage in research, work with sectoral partners, or receive training to enhance content and pedagogy.
    1. full scholarships for master’s and doctoral degrees for faculty and staff;
    2. workshops to develop teaching guides and facilitate teacher trainings;
    3. grants for HEI and SHS faculty for long-term quality instruction; and
    4. opportunities for deloaded personnel to improve their skills by engaging in work outside the classroom.
    5. for more information on the CHED K to 12 Transition Program, go to

Department of Labor and Employment

  • The K to 12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program is part of the government’s Inter-Agency Mitigation Measures for would-be-affected Higher Education Institution (HEI) personnel during the K to 12 transition/interim periods. It serves as a safety net and link to active labor market programs to provide unemployment related benefit schemes to affected HEI personnel, who will not qualify or avail of the DepEd and CHED mitigation measures, through:
    1. Financial Support. Protects the unemployed and their families against loss of employment and income as a result of government policy/regulation, through provision of assistance through grants to displaced HEI personnel;
    2. Employment Facilitation Services. Provides for reemployment of displaced HEI personnel. This shall include profiling of displaced HEI personnel, matching, and job referrals (e.g. Labor Market Information (LMI), Career Guidance and Employment Coaching (CGEC), Referral and Placement); and
    3. Training and Livelihood Assistance. Upgrades skills and provides entrepreneurship opportunities which include skills training with the TESDA and activities under the DOLE Kabuhayan Program.

Technical Skills Development Authority

  • For those affected workers who will be moving out of the education sector, the TESDA shall offer skills re-training or upgrading to develop present qualifications of the workers in order for them to be more job-fit and job-ready for their search of next employment. For affected workers, TESDA offers:
    1. Regular training programs being offered by TESDA-administered institutions.
    2. Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) being offered in institutions with TESDA-registered programs, which aims to purposively drive Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) provision to available jobs for immediate employment, both locally and overseas. This program is a response to the clamor of industries to address the critical skills shortages in priority sectors, particularly the business process outsourcing, metals and engineering, agri-fishery, semiconductor and electronics, construction and tourism, among others.
    3. Competency assessment and certification of HEI faculty who would want to teach certain qualifications under the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood track in Senior High Schools or other HEI personnel who want to pursue another career in TVET.