National orientation held on pandemic-adaptive RPMS
RCTQ assisted the Department of Education (DepEd) in holding a three-day national virtual orientation on 1-3 February 2021 to provide teachers and schools with in-depth understanding of the guidelines in implementing the Results-based Performance Management System (RPMS) in the time of COVID-19.
Three daily live episodes were streamed via the DepEd Facebook accounts and tackled the overview of the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST)-aligned RPMS for SY 2020-2021, Performance Monitoring and Coaching, Performance Review and Evaluation, and Performance Rewarding and Development Planning. The three episodes generated some three million views as of this writing.
RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong delivered a message at the conclusion of the three-day event.
“Teachers matter. They need to be supported, especially so during this pandemic. The performance assessment for teachers should be supportive and lead teachers to the improvement of the quality of teaching for improved learner performance,” Dr. Gonong said.
Dr. Gonong recalled that when RCTQ assisted DepEd through the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) in improving the RPMS tools for teachers in 2017, “we listened to the recommendations of the field—to align RPMS with the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers.”
“BHROD and RCTQ—together with Technical Working Groups composed mostly of teachers, and hundreds of other DepEd personnel and senior officials who provided inputs and advice—endeavored to produce RPMS tools that are based on the standards, clear, fair and address the career continuum of teachers. With the active participation of many teachers and school leaders, we have RPMS tools that are focused on what a teacher is expected to do: to teach,” Dr. Gonong added.
On 11 January 2021, DepEd Undersecretary for Planning, and Human Resource and Organizational Development Jesus Mateo signed DepEd Memorandum DM-PHROD-2021-0010 or the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Results-based Performance Management System for School Year 2020-2021 which outlines the specific guidelines, including the tools, protocols, and timelines, in the implementation of RPMS as anchored on the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) of the Department. The directive included performance management with various learning delivery modalities (LDMs) appropriate for the pandemic.
The memorandum also directed all schools division superintendents (SDSs) and school heads to “employ the appropriate working arrangements, strategies, and modalities in the accomplishment of essential RPMS activities”.
RCTQ has provided technical assistance to DepEd-BHROD on the development of RPMS in the context of the pandemic through document analysis, online focus group discussions, consultation with DepEd officials, online validation of RPMS tools, processes and protocols, and series of virtual meetings. RCTQ and BHROD also collaborated on strategic planning; and review and finalization of tools, materials, and a communications plan.
BHROD was represented by Mr. Angelo Uy, Mr. Carlos Llamas III, Ms. Ma Paula Bianca Manas and was led by Ms. Cecille Anyayahan—all belonging to the BHROD-Human Resource Development Division. The RCTQ research team, on the other hand, was composed of Ms. Donnadette Belza , Mr. Jonathan Lumanog Jr and was led by Dr. Allen Espinosa. Consultations were also made with Dr. Jennie Jocson, former RCTQ Project Leader for RPMS; Dr. Jennifer Lopez, BHROD OIC Director III; and Atty. Ann Rachel Miguel, BHROD Director IV.https://www.rctq.ph/?p=2294NewsRPMS