Information at your fingertips: a giant leap for Philippines education

Jun. 07, 2007

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A few months from now, the long queues of complaining teachers who cannot find their records will be history. No more going to and fro the different offices in search of those elusive documents. All information will be readily available through a fully-automated Human Resource Information (HRI) System, a brainchild of the BEAM Project and DepEd.

This HRI System is the answer to DepEds pressing problems. It will make information readily available to the decision makers in – our department. These were the words of DepEd Undersecretary for Budget and Finance Hon. Teodosio Sangil, Jr. during the roundtable discussion and consultation on the HRI model of DepEd Region XI.

The Human Resource Information System (HRIS) was initiated and supported by the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM) Project in its bid to improve the quality of and access to basic education in Regions XI, XII and ARMM. The system was designed to improve the efficiency of DepEd personnel and finance departments in generating and transmitting teacher

The said system will contribute In generating and transmitting teachers information such as salaries, leave credits, employment status, increments and papers need for loan applications to other organizational units.

The system was piloted in Digos City Division and is now fully-operational in DepEd Region XI and parts of Region XII and ARMM. It was a product of a series of consultations with DepEd officials and staff and a Training and Development Needs Analysis (TDNA) that recognized a need for computerized records.

Our records are now updated; processing time for transactions was significantly reduced. We were also able to cut-down costs and slowly, problems and issues are addressed. Payroll will now be prepared using the most up-to-date information. We are very grateful to BEAM for this, said Virginia Alconcel, the chief of the Budget and Finance Division of DepEd XI.

Due to the success of the HRI system, DepEd Central Office officers and staff, headed by Usec. Sangil, visited DepEd XI for a discussion and consultation with BEAM and DepEd XI officials on adapting the HRI System nationwide. During the meeting, DepEd XI Assistant Regional Director Susana Teresa Estigoy said, We are pleased that the department has seen the good things that are happening in Region XI that are beneficial to the entire DepEd. This is a small step for DepEd XI, but a giant leap for the whole organization.

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