Up to P500K grant awaits best proposal to strengthen DepEd’s learning continuity plan

Published August 26, 2021, 4:21 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday, Aug. 26, announced a call for research proposals to further strengthen the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

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“As we are nearing the opening of our School Year 2021-2022, we need to reinforce and strengthen our current BE-LCP,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said. “Research is vital for us to keep moving forward and evolving,” she added.

DepEd has announced a call for research proposals in line with the theme Supporting and Assessing Learning Continuity and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Materials and Development.

“This initiative will help DepEd address pressing issues that we are encountering, especially in relation to the delivery of quality of education,” Briones explained.

Through the Policy Research and Development Division (PRDD) under Planning Service (PS), DepEd has opened its submission of research proposals to “reinforce the link of research to education processes through utilization, dissemination, and advocacies.”

DepEd said that the chosen proposal will be given a grant of up to P500,000 which will be distributed in three tranches under the Basic Education Research Fund (BERF).

“The initiative aims to improve the policies, programs, and activities relevant to the implementation of the BE-LCP,” DepEd said.

DepEd explained that in support of the BE-LCP, there are seven areas of priority identified for the research which include Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs); implementation of multiple learning delivery modalities/ improved learning environment; preparing teachers and school leaders/ teacher upskilling and reskilling; health standards in school and workplace; reconfiguration of annual opening activities and partnerships; finance, procurement, and delivery and monitoring, evaluation, and adjustments.

DepEd Planning Service Director Roger Masapol explained that in this call for national research, “we would like to specifically invite everyone [to conduct] research on specific areas that were identified in our call for proposals.”

In order to be eligible for the grant, DepEd said that applicants — whether teaching or non-teaching personnel — should hold a regular job position in the department, should not have any pending administrative cases, and should not have yet availed the grant for the current year.

DepEd said that each team can only have a maximum of three members.

“We hope everyone will participate and submit their proposal,” Masapol said.

“The intention will be to help DepEd build the evidence so that we can further craft better policies that will address the pressing problems that we are currently facing,” he added.

The PRRD also encouraged personnel from different field offices and DepEd Central Office to “cultivate more inclusive research, drawing from the grassroots” of the department to improve the quality of education nationwide.

DepEd said that the submissions of the soft copy of the proposals will be Aug. 29, 2021.

Details on application procedure, fund guidelines, and provisions of the program are available at http://www.deped.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DO_s2017_016.pdf