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In line with the policy of this Office to periodically review existing rules and regulations with a view to improve the delivery of education services, the various issuances on the grant of vacation service credits to teachers on teachers’ leave basis are hereby updated and consolidated as follows:

Read also: Guidelines on Grant of Vacation Service Credits to Teachers

Statement of Policy
The basic policy in the grant of vacation service credit is that it should be given only for work beyond regular functions or beyond regular work hours/days where payment of honorarium or overtime pay is not possible. In addition, there are situations wherein extraordinary work is demanded from teachers including those which expose their lives to certain risks and for which monetary compensation is not enough. Thus, extra non-monetary compensation is justified.



Definition of Terms
For purposes of this Order, the term, “teacher” shall refer to teachers who do not have to report for classes during the Christmas and long summer vacation and still be entitled to their regular compensation.

The term, teachers’ vacation service credits refers to the leave credits earned for services rendered on activities during summer or Christmas vacation or in the course of the regular school year, as authorized by the proper authority.

The term normal teaching load shall refer to six (6) hours of actual classroom teaching a day.



Uses of vacation service credits
Vacation service credits are used to offset absences of a teacher due to illness. To offset absences on account of illness, one (1) work day service credit is used to offset one (1) day of absence.

Activities Eligible for the Grant of Service Credits
Service credits may be granted for the following activities:

  • services rendered during registration and election days as long as these are mandated duties under existing laws;
  • services rendered during calamity and rehabilitation when schools are used as evacuation centers;
  • services rendered in connection with the conduct of remedial classes during the summer or Christmas vacation or outside of regular school days;
  • services rendered in connection with early opening of the school year;
  • services rendered during school sports competitions held outside of regular school days;
  • services rendered by those who train teachers in addition to their normal teaching loads;
  • teaching overload not compensated by honoraria;
  • teaching in non-formal education classes in addition to teaching in formal education classes carrying a normal teaching load;
  • work done during regular school days if these are in addition to the normal teaching load;
  • conduct of testing activities held outside of school days; and
  • attendance/participation in special DepEd projects and activities which are short-term in duration such as English, Science and Math Mentors’ Training, curriculum writing workshop, planning workshop, etc., if such are held during the summer vacation or during weekends.

A premium of 20% may be granted for educational activities (as opposed to non-educational activities such as election duties, calamity assistance) which require specialized expertise.



Activities Not Eligible for the Grant of Service Credits
Service credits shall not be granted for the following activities:

  • in-service training programs fully funded by the government;
  • assignment to clerical work, such as checking forms and finishing reports commonly required in connection with the opening and closing of classes;
  • reassignment of teachers to duty in another bureau or office; (detailed in another government office)
  • assignment in connection with exhibits at a fair;
  • postponement of a regular teacher’s vacation; and
  • time spent in travelling to and from station to the place where services are rendered.

Procedure in the Grant of Service Credits

  • The following steps shall be followed in the grant of service credits:
    a.1 Head of office/school recommends approval of request to render vacation service
    a.2 Schools Division Superintendent approves/disapproves request
    a.3 If reason for request is not among those listed above, request should be forwarded to the Regional Director for action if activity is region-¬wide and to the Central Office through the Regional Director if activity is DepEd-wide. For attendance/participation in DepEd-wide programs and projects, the Central Office shall make the necessary issuances on the grant of vacation service credits.
  • The following documents/requirements shall be accomplished/submitted
    after completion of vacation service:
    b.1 accomplishment report
    b.2 duly signed DTR/CS Form 48

DO 53, S. 2003 – UPDATED GUIDELINES ON GRANT OF VACATION SERVICE CREDITS TO TEACHERS AMENDED BY DO 84, S. 2003 – ADDENDUM TO DEPED ORDER NO. 53, S. 2003 (UPDATED GUIDELINES ON GRANT OF VACATION SERVICE CREDITS TO TEACHERS) DO 5, S. 2004 – ELIGIBILITY OF REMEDIAL INSTRUCTION CLASSES FOR GRANT OF VACATION SERVICE CREDITS

DepEd Order No. 53, s. 2003DOWNLOAD




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