Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday issued a labor advisory ensuring that the right to self-organization of all personnel in Higher Education Institutions shall not be affected by displacement of its members in the implementation of the K-12 Program.

“The legal personality of faculty associations, teaching and non-teaching union, or similar organizations shall not be affected by reason of the displacement of their members during the transition period of K-12 program,” said Bello.

Bello issued Labor Advisory No. 2, Series of 2017, or the Right to self-organization Relative to the Implementation of K-12 Program to safeguard the implementation and enforcement of the right to self-organization of teaching and non-teaching personnel in Higher Education Institutions.

He added that members of the faculty associations, teaching and non-teaching union, or similar organizations who were displaced because of the K-12 program shall cease their membership unless otherwise provided in their constitution and by-laws.

The Labor Advisory also reiterated that the rights and conditions of membership to faculty association, teaching and non-teaching unions, and other similar organizations shall be governed by the organizations’ constitution and by-laws.

The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School [SHS]) to prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.

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