Leyte Division Office through the leadership of Superintendent Ronelo Al Firmo (5th from right, second row) continues to launch innovations and improvements for its personnel and teachers in the province’s 40 municipalities. (Contributed photo)

GOVERNMENT CENTER, PALO, Leyte- Teachers and personnel from the Department of Education (DepEd) in Leyte Division will no longer need to submit documents after every three years of service for the increments in their salary following the automation system of their Notices of Step Increment (NOSI).
Jose Mariano Barril Jr, human resource management officer, said the division through the leadership of Superintendent Ronelo Al Firmo started the automation system in June.
“It will be the personnel section who will automatically produce the said documents for its employees. The only thing that the employees will submit are the latest pay slips for the purposes of submission to the Regional Office so that said increments will be included in the payroll,” Barril said.
According to Barril, the move is part of harnessing the Personnel Section’s Project MIS DepEd Leyte (Management Information System for DepEd Leyte Division Employees) and their way of welcoming the teachers of Leyte for the new school year.
“Further, employees in DepEd Leyte should expect more innovations and improvements in the systems and processes of DepEd Leyte, more specifically in the Personnel Section in the coming months,” added Barril.
He said the division will also automate the service records of teachers “so that request can be online and teachers from as far as Matalom or Villaba no longer need to visit the office personally and spend for their transportation.”
While saying that their system is not the first in the country, he maintained that for an “extra-large division” like Leyte, the task to automate “is quite daunting but we made strides to realize it.”
Also, the division is holding a regular induction program-cum-orientation for newly-hired teachers as an offshoot of the Teacher Orientation and Personnel Induction to the Career Service (T.O.P.I.C.S) program of the Personnel section in line with its banner project “Management Information System and other Integrated Services for DepEd Leyte Employees “ (Project: MISIS DepEd).
Meanwhile, applicants for teaching and promotion in the division continue to avail the “New Doors” or Nurturing Employees Welfare thru the Division’s Objective Open Ranking System, a breakthrough in hiring system in DepEd-Eastern Visayas region.
The open ranking system allows the applicants to see for themselves the evaluative assessment of their documents by different committees before they will undergo an interview and examination.
To maintain transparency, an applicant will be given an opportunity to see the rating which he or she garnered before confirming it.
Applicants who earned the required number of points will be included in the Registry of Qualified Applicants (RQA).
“Equal opportunity, fairness, objectivity, transparency and team work. All these capsulized in one significant innovation- New Doors. The passion and love of each committee member toward their services is very evident which made each aspirant to keep pushing and reach the end,” said Freddie Timon, a head teacher III applicant.
Institutionalized in July 2017, the New Doors was made possible through the initiative of Firmo, along with his Assistant Schools Division Superintendents Marilyn Siao and Edgar Tenasas and division personnel.
Leyte Division has over 17,000 teachers assigned in 40 towns in the province. (RONALD O. REYES)