“Matuwid na Pamamahala Tungo sa ARMM na Masagana’t Mapayapa”

Friday, September 28, 2012

Clarification on the Localization Law

Many school and district heads have visited the Regional Office arguing for the recruitment of provisional applicants based on the so-called Localization Law.

Republic Act 8190 or the so-called "Localization Law" grants priority to residents of the barangay, municipality or city where the school is located. The argument is that on the basis of this law, a resident non-eligible have a stake over eligible one.

Section 1 of this law states:

"In the appointment or assignment of teachers to public elementary or secondary schools, priority shall be given to bona fide residents of the barangay, municipality, city or province where the school is located: Provided, That the teacher possesses all the minimum qualifications for the position as required by law."

So while the law recognizes residency, the same should also "possess the minimum qualifications for the position as required by law".  It is also an established Civil Service ruling that minimum qualifications include meeting the required eligibility.

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