EDWINA B. MANALASTAS
The Department of Education (DepEd) has time and again underscored the importance of the Results-Based Performance Management System (RPMS) that is aligned with the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) in ensuring the delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education in the country.
Let’s refresh our memories on what RPMS is. As stipulated in DepEd Order No. 2, s. 2015 (Guidelines on the Establishment and Implementation of RPMS in DepEd), RPMS is a systemic mechanism to manage, monitor and measure performance, and identify human resource and organizational development needs to enable continuous work improvement and individual growth.
It is being implemented in consonance with the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS), following the SPMS four-phase cycle prescribed in CSC Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. 2012 and aims to ensure that both teaching and non-teaching personnel focus work efforts toward achieving the Department’s vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities.
Furthermore, the changes introduced by various national and global frameworks such as the K to 12 law, ASEAN integration, globalization, and other changing character of the 21st century learners necessitate the improvements and call for the rethinking of the National Competency-Based Teacher Standards (NCBTS) which resulted in the development of the PPST. This is enclosed in the DepEd Order No. 42, s. 2017, otherwise known as National Adoption and Implementation of the Philippine Professional Standards for Teach er s.
Over 10,000 pre- and in-service teachers, principals, supervisors, regional directors and educators, and representatives from government agencies and non-government organizations were consulted and involved in the development and validation of the PPST.
The PPST outlines the required skills and competencies of quality teachers, enabling them to cope with the emerging global frameworks. If the required skills and competencies are not met, various professional development interventions will be given to them. PPST helps assure parents and guardians that their children receive quality basic education from qualified professionals whose competencies are abreast with changes and advancements in the information age.
The author is Principal I at Sta. Monica Elementary School, San Luis District