Koronadal City, South Cotabato – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) XII spearheaded the initial  information dissemination on IRSE through a collaborative meeting  between the CHED and partner agencies/institutions  on July 12, 2016 at FB Hotel, Koronadal City.

The meeting, attended by representatives of  four (4) state universities and colleges  (SUCs), private  higher education institutions (HEIs)  from Cotabato City, General Santos City and Koronadal City, LGUs, Dole Phil, DOLE XII, DTI XII, NEDA XII, PNP XII and NAPOLCOM XII, was aimed at discussing issues and concerns relative to the immersion of affected faculty and administrative staff of  higher education institutions (HEIs)  as a result of the implementation of K to 12 program .

In his opening message, Dr. Jonaib Usman of CHED XII informed the participants that “CHED established K to 12 Transition Program  and under this is the IRSE which would  provide opportunities for development for higher education personnel with reduced workloads by offering a series of grants geared for continuing professional development.”

Mr. Kevin Ross D. Nera, engagement officer of the IRSE  Grants  Team  of the CHED-Central Office,  presented the salient points of  the grant program and provided information on how to access the said grant. According to Mr. Nera, “CHED, in line with its mission to strengthen Philippine higher education, is mandated by Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 to help ensure a smooth transition to the new K to 12 system, particularly ensuring that the human resource capabilities of higher education institutions (HEIs) are not adversely affected.”

 

The IRSE Grants program seeks to establish partnerships with other government agencies for its Sectoral Engagements, where IRSE grantees may immerse under the said agencies and offer their expertise while at the same time being able to:

 

  • update their knowledge and align it to practice in the relevant sector/s; and
  • gain insights from on-the-ground experience to inform classroom instruction, particularly in preparing and equipping learners with knowledge and skills needed for the workplace.

For S.Y. 2016-2017, CHED shall provide each IRSE Grantee with: P20,000/month or the equivalent of the grantee’s net monthly salary, whichever is lower, for full-time engagements; or  P10,000/month or the equivalent of half of the grantee’s net monthly salary, whichever is lower, for part-time engagements. Provided, however, that if the Grantee is an employee of an SUC/Local University and Colleges (LUC), the Grantee shall still be receiving his/her regular salary during the period of the grant and thus, shall not be entitled to receive the funding from CHED in accordance with the prohibition on double compensation.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  shall be executed between CHED and the host agency/partner which shall serve as the binding document that certifies the partnership between  a certain agency  and CHED Central Office.

Interested partners are advised to coordinate with CHED XII for the application forms and other requirements for the engagement. (Helan L. Vestal, NEDA XII-DRD)