Planning Service Director Roger Masapol: “We should always be mindful of how policies shape the behaviors of children and their character. Whether a policy succeeds or fails, it will have a generational effect.”

 

The DepEd Policy Research and Development (PRD) Division conducted a Training of Trainers on Policy Development on 3-7 September 2018 in General Santos City to help the agency’s policy writers and analysts in formulating quality, relevant and timely policies.

With assistance from the BEST Program, PRD earlier developed a learning resource package (training designs, session/training guides, slide decks, and handouts) for policy development, including on policy analysis and policy formulation in line with the key processes prescribed in DO 13 s. 2015 or the Establishment of a Policy Development Process at the Department of Education. The training will help the core team at the DepEd Central Office on the utilization of the learning resource package and in cascading the policy development process across all levels of governance.

The training was participated in by technical staff from the Central Office, mostly from the Planning Service, and from the Planning and Policy Research Division of DepEd Region XII.

Planning Service Director Mr. Roger Masapol, in his message, emphasized the impact of education policies on the entire education system, including the learners.

“We should always be mindful of how policies shape the behaviors of children and their character. Whether a policy succeeds or fails, it will have a generational effect”, Mr. Masapol said.

He encouraged the participants to be thorough in developing policies.

Participants at the Training of Trainers on Policy Development on 3-7 September 2018 at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) Center in General Santos City.

“We had adverse reactions when we developed the DO13 s. 2015, which aimed to minimize amendments or addendum in policies. But most of them are now realizing the value of the DO 13 policy.”

The PRD Division is mandated to aid and institutionalize evidence-based decision-making in DepEd through oversight, promotion, and conduct of policy development, research management, and sector monitoring and evaluation.

In 2015, with the issuance DepEd Order 13 entitled “Establishment of a Policy Development Process at the Department of Education,” DepEd established a policy development process that provides for systematic, evidence-based and participatory mechanisms and procedures for the formulation, adoption and review of policies.