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    DepEd opens online application for 2020 Senior High School Voucher Program

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued guidelines on the eligibility and will start accepting online applications on June 29 (Monday) for the Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP) for School Year (SY) 2020–2021.

    DepEd opens online application for 2020 Senior High School Voucher Program

    Check out here the details on the requirements, procedure, and schedule for voucher application, from qualification to redemption, as well as other information pertaining to SHS VP application.

    GUIDE: How to register at OVAP for DepEd Senior High School Voucher Program

    June 29 Update: The Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) will open at 12:00 noon today.

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    The SHS VP is an annual program of the Department which provides financial assistance to qualified Grade 10 completers who want to pursue their desired SHS education in private schools, state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local universities and colleges (LUCs).

    DepEd recently assured that the program will continue amid the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. The education department said they are expecting the results of the Learner Enrollment and Survey Forms (LESF) to provide information of the demand.

    The Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) has been contracted by DepEd to manage the SHS VP.

    ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS

    DepEd categorized the learners into two: those who automatically qualify for SHS VP, and those who shall undergo application, subject to additional guidelines that DepEd will issue for that purpose.

    1. Automatically Qualified Learners

    Only Grade 10 completers in SY 2019-2020 who fall under the categories below automatically qualify for vouchers and are considered qualified voucher recipients (QVRs). They do not need to apply for vouchers.
    • Category A: All Grade 10 completers in Public Schools operated by DepEd
    • Category B: All Grade 10 completers in SUCs and LUCs
    • Category C: All Grade 10 completers in private schools who are ESC grantees

    NOTE: Education Service Contracting (ESC) grantees are learners who participate in the ESC program, a program of financial assistance by DepEd for learners in certified private JHSs.

    2. Voucher Applicants (VA)

    Only learners in the categories below need to apply for vouchers and shall be referred to as voucher applicants (VAs). Acceptance of VAs shall be determined using set parameters subject to the availability of funds.
    • Category D: All Grade 10 completers in private schools in SY 2019-2020 who are not ESC grantees
    • Category E: All Grade 10 completers who completed Grade 10 prior to SY 2019-2020 but not earlier than 2016 and had not previously enrolled for Grade 11
    • Category F: Learners who had passed the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test for Grade 10 not earlier than 2016 and had not previously enrolled for Grade 11 or will take the ALS A&E Test in SY 2020-2021
    • Category G: Learners who passed the Philippine Education Placement Test (PEPT) for Grade 10 not earlier than 2016 and had not previously enrolled for Grade 11 or will take the PEPT in SY 2020-2021

    The following learners are not eligible for SHS VP:
    • Learners who graduated High School in 2015 or earlier
    • Incoming Grade 12 learners who were not part of SHS VP in Grade 11
    • Non-Filipino learners

    VOUCHER APPLICATION PROCEDURES

    DepEd said application will be done ONLINE only.

    All applications shall be coursed through PEAC National Secretariat via the Online Voucher Application Portal (OVAP) at https://ovap.peac.org.ph/.

    NOTE: VAs are highly discouraged from submitting multiple applications.

    Online Application guide

    1. Access OVAP at https://ovap.peac.org.ph. Follow the instructions to create an OVAP account. VAs must use a working email address they have access to.

    NOTE: An account is not yet an application.

    2. Wait for a confirmation email that shall be sent to the VA’s email address. Upon receipt of the confirmation email, click on the link provided to access the OVAP as a registered user.

    3. Complete the electronic Voucher Application Form (VAF-1). VAs may do this in parts but must ensure changes are saved by section.

    4. Scan or take a picture and upload the following required documents in the OVAP:

    a. Recent 2x2 colored ID photo

    b. Proof of financial means (refer to expected submission per scenario and required document as proof of financial means table below) of both parents or guardian/s, and the other person/s helping send the VA to school, if any

    c. Signed Parent Consent Form for VAs below 18 years old at the time of the submission of the application

    d. Certificate of Financial Assistance received from the JHS, if applicable

    NOTE: Due to foreseen difficulty in securing documents as a result of the implementation of measures for the management of COVID-19, applications with no/incomplete supporting documents will still be processed. The deadline for submission of supporting documents is October 30, 2020.

    5. Check the result of application thru OVAP. VAs with successful applications become eligible for the voucher and shall be called Qualified Voucher Applicants (QVAs).

    6. Download the QVA Certificate from OVAP. The QVA Certificate is required for voucher redemption. QVAs shall submit their QVA Certificate to the SHS they decide to enroll at as proof that they are entitled to the voucher.

    NOTE: Only QVAs who have submitted the required supporting documents will be able to download the QVA Certificate. Failure to submit the required supporting documents by October 30, 2020, or submission of documents that fail to support information declared in the VAF-1 is grounds for disqualification/exclusion of the QVA and revocation of the voucher.

    7. VAs who will submit supporting documents after July 17 are advised to check OVAP one (1) week after submitting their supporting documents for feedback on their submission. VAs whose submission successfully passes validation shall be able to download their QVA Certificate.

    Expected submission per scenario

    Scenario Expected Submission
    VA lives with/is supported through school by both parents Required documents for both parents
    VA’s parents are separated, but is supported through school by both parents Required documents for both parents
    VA has one deceased parent, lives with/is supported through school by living parent a. Required document only for solo parent

    b. Solo Parent I.D. of living parent OR Death Certificate for deceased parent OR Notarized Affidavit* stating that solo parent is a widow/widower
    VA’s parents are separated, lives with/is supported through school by only one parent a. Required document only for solo parent

    b. Solo Parent I.D. of solo parent OR Notarized Affidavit* stating that solo parent is separated (whether legally or not)
    VA has a single/solo parent a. Required document only for solo parent

    b. Solo Parent I.D. of solo parent OR Notarized Affidavit* stating that parent is a single/solo parent
    VA lives with/is supported through school by one parent and one guardian Required documents for both the parent and the guardian
    VA lives with/is supported through school by a guardian/s Required documents for the guardian/s
    VA is supported through school by a person/s other than the parent/s or guardian/s Required documents for the person/s helping send the VA to school

    NOTE: *A template for the Affidavit to be notarized and submitted

    Based on the scenarios above, the following table provides the required document as proof of financial means.

    If the concerned person is: Required document Where to obtain document if not readily available
    Employed in the Philippines (including self-employed) Latest Annual Income Tax   Return OR Bureau of Internal Revenue
    Certificate of Employment* Employer
    Employed abroad Certificate of Employment* Employer or recruitment agency
    Unemployed but with other sources of income Affidavit of Source of Income stating average monthly earnings/support** received Notary Public
    Unemployed and without income Certificate of Non-filing of Income Tax Return OR Bureau of Internal Revenue
    Certificate of Unemployment*** Mayor’s office OR Barangay office

    *The Certificate of Employment should state the person’s occupation and gross monthly income, which refers to the gross monthly wages or salaries before taxes and other deductions. It includes basic pay, overtime pay, commissions, tips, allowances, and one- twelfth of annual bonuses.

    **Average monthly earnings refer to earnings from sources of income such as business, trade, profession, investments, and/or pensions.

    ***A template for the Certificate of Unemployment is attached here.

    QUALIFICATION OR DISQUALIFICATION

    Grade 10 completers who fall under Categories A, B, and C are Qualified Voucher Recipients (QVRs) and should not apply. Their applications shall not be processed.

    The following applications shall be disqualified:
    • Applications submitted after the deadline
    • Applications with incomplete VAF-1
    • Applications that contain false information
    • Applications by learners who are not eligible for the SHS VP
    • Learners who graduated High School in 2015 or earlier
    • Incoming Grade 12 learners who were not part of SHS VP in Grade 11
    • Non-Filipino learners

    RESULTS OF SHS VP APPLICATION

    DepEd said results will be posted on OVAP and may be accessed by learners, parents, and schools.

    NOTE: VAs will not be notified of the results; it is the responsibility of the VA to check the results of the application on OVAP.

    Announcements on the posting of results shall be made on the PEAC NS and DepEd websites, and other available media.

    VOUCHER VALIDITY AND REDEMPTION

    QVRs redeem the voucher by enrolling for Grade 11 at a non-DepEd SHS in any of the DepEd-approved learning delivery options. As with any learner, the QVR must satisfy the requirements for admission set by the non-DepEd SHS.

    A QVR who successfully enrolls at a non‐DepEd SHS becomes a voucher program beneficiary (VPB). Upon enrollment, QVRs must present to their chosen non-DepEd SHS the following documentary evidence as proof of their eligibility.

    Documentary Evidence of Eligibility

    QVR Category Document Where to obtain document
    Categories A, B Report card bearing a Learner Reference Number Junior high school
    Category C ESC Certificate Junior high school or PEAC NS
    Categories D, E, F, G QVA Certificate PEAC NS via OVAP
    Category E Certificate of Rating (COR) – ALS A&E for Secondary DepEd-Bureau of Educational Assessment (BEA)
    Category F COR – PEPT for Grade 10 DepEd-BEA

    SCHEDULE OF IMPLEMENTATION

    VAs are advised to be mindful of significant dates in the SHS VP as shown in the schedule below:

    Schedule Process
    June 29, 2020 Start of voucher application period
    July 22, 2020 Deadline for creation of accounts on OVAP
    July 24, 2020 Deadline for submission of applications on   OVAP
    August 14, 2020 Posting of application results on OVAP and   Start of voucher redemption
    October 30, 2020 Deadline for uploading of   required supporting documents and voucher redemption

    Here's PDF copy of DepEd guidelines for Senior High School Voucher Program for School Year 2020-2021:


    UPDATES AND CLARIFICATIONS

    It is the responsibility of the voucher applicant (VA) to ensure that his or her application is complete and correct, and that it is received on or before the deadline. It is likewise the responsibility of the VA to track the status of the application. VAs may check the status of their application by accessing their account on OVAP.

    For any inquiries on the application process and/or your application, you may email the PEAC National Secretariat at shs.vms@peac.org.ph.

    How to register at OVAP for DepEd Senior High School Voucher Program

    The Summit Express will update this page for any development, status and results of SHS VP for SY 2020-2021.

    — The Summit Express

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