Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday enjoined teaching and non-teaching personnel from private higher education institutions who were displaced due to K-12 implementation this school year to avail of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Adjustment Measures Program (DOLE-AMP).
“We established the K-12 DOLE AMP to support the displaced higher education institution (HEI) personnel in their transition to self or full-time employment through financial support, employment facilitation, and training and livelihood,” said Baldoz.
For financial support, the amount to be given to qualified beneficiary will be based on the prevailing median salary of the higher education institution personnel per nature of appointment per region, or his or her previous monthly salary, whichever is lower.
The duration of the financial support will be for three months for non-permanent and six months for permanent HEI personnel. In case the displaced HEI personnel is non-permanent and has no other sources of income, and suffered total loss of income, he or she will be entitled to six months of financial support, provided that his or her latest income tax return will be submitted during the application verification.
“The financial assistance will be released every end of the month through the K-12 DOLE AMP authorized bank,” said Baldoz.
The employment facilitation services will consist of provision of tools and venues for reemployment of displaced personnel, which include profiling of displaced HEI personnel, matching, and job referrals.
Qualified beneficiaries can avail of the employment facilitation through the DOLE’s labor market information consisting of the Phil-Jobnet facility, employment or job search kiosks, and industry career guides and occupational pamphlets.
“Through DOLE’s extensive labor market information, the displaced personnel can consider working in allied professions. They can search for vacancies in these job search and employment matching facilities, or explore the labor market information for other opportunities in the industry that will fit their interests, qualifications, and skills,” Baldoz said.
Job referrals and placements can be also provided by the Public Employment Service Office, private employment agencies, registered contractors and sub-contractors, industry partners, and training institutions accredited by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
Career guidance and employment coaching can be also availed of by the K-12 DOLE AMP beneficiaries from the Network of Career Guidance Counselors and Career Advocates.
For training and livelihood, the beneficiaries will be provided with skills upgrading programs through TESDA while the livelihood assistance will offer training and livelihood opportunities under the DOLE Kabuhayan Program.
“You can visit our DOLE Regional and Field Offices, or Public Employment Service Offices. They take charge of the K to 12 DOLE AMP implementation. They screen and evaluate K to 12 DOLE AMP applications that have complete documentary requirements. They also assess, recommend, and orient the beneficiaries about their duties and responsibilities in order to properly and continuously avail of the program service,” Baldoz said.
The K to 12 DOLE AMP is part of the government’s Inter-Agency Mitigation Measures for affected HEI personnel during the transition period of the K to 12 Program. It was formed pursuant to the joint guidelines of the DOLE, Department of Education, TESDA, and Commission on Higher Education, specifically on the implementation of the Labor and Management Component of Republic Act No. 10533, or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013.