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TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (TESDA)

Adopt-A-School Program

Adopt-A-School Program
Under Republic Act No. 8525 otherwise known as Adopt-A-School
Act of 1998.
It was enacted last February 14, 1998.

It refers to a mechanism which allows private entities to assist public


schools, whether elementary, secondary, or tertiary, preferably located
in any of the twenty (20) poorest provinces identified by the Presidential
Council for Countryside Development or any other government agency
tasked in identifying the poorest provinces in, but not limited to the
following areas: staff and faculty development for training and further
education, construction facilities, upgrading of existing facilities,
provision of books, publications and other instructional materials, and
modernization of instructional technologies.
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Objectives
The ASP aims to improve public education particularly
those in poverty-stricken province thru sponsorship
of particular project/s by the adopting private entity,
stimulate strong partnership/linkages between the
public and private sector for the growth and
enhancement of educational program.

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Coordinating Council
It is composed of the Secretary of the Department of Education,
Culture and Sports (DECS) as chairperson; the Chairman of the
Commission of Higher Education (CHED) and the Director General
of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
(TESDA), as co-chairpersons; and the chairperson of the Presidential
Council for Countryside Development
(PCCD), and the
representative from the National Federation of Chambers of
Commerce and Industry (NFCCI) as appointed by the President of
the Philippines, as members.

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Coordinating Council Functions


Serves as an advisory body on all policy matters pertaining to the
program;
Provide policy guideline and direction for the implementation of the
provision of RA 8525;
Formulate policies and guidelines to ensure the proper
implementation of the Program; and
Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Program.

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National Secretariat

refers to the office composed of representatives


of the three (3) education agencies, namely DepEd,
CHED and TESDA. It will provide an overall
management and coordination of the Program.

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National Secretariat Functions


Implement the policies set by the Coordinating Council;
Coordinate the program at all levels;
Recommend policies, plans, and priorities to the Coordinating
Council;
Provide technical assistance and support in critical areas and
stages of implementation;
Endorse to the Regional District Office (RDO) of the Bureau of
internal Revenue (BIR) documents relative to the availment of the
tax incentive provisions of the Adopt-A-School law after application
is approved by the Coordinating Council; and
Perform other functions as necessary.
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Secretariat
refers to the office created in the respective
offices of DepEd, CHED and TESDA with the
primary function of managing and coordinating the
Program.

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Procedures for Participation in the ASP

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) specifying the details of


adoption shall be entered into between the Adopting Private Entity
and head of the school concerned. It will be ratified by the
concerned RD of CHED, PD of TESDA and Division Superintendent
of DepEd. The agreement will be valid for a minimum of at least two
(2) years subject to extension.

Such period may be shortened if the Adopting Private Entity is


dissolved
or terminated due to failure to comply with the
qualifications as stated in the Act.
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Procedures for Participation in the ASP


Qualification of Adopting Private Entity - must possess the
following:
a. It must have a credible track record.
b. It must have been in existence of at least one
(1) year as shown in by its Articles of
Incorporation from SEC or Certificate of Registration
from Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).
c. It must not have been prosecuted and found guilty of
engaging in illegal activities as money laundering and
other similar cases.

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Procedures for Participation in the ASP


Qualification for Participating Schools
Any government schools in all levels may
participate in the program. Priorities shall be given to
schools located in poorest provinces, low income
municipalities, and other local governments units
(LGUs) experiencing severe classroom shortages,
insufficient budget or having numerous poor but high
performing learners.
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Procedures for Participation in the ASP


Periodic Review
A review of the adoption shall be undertaken by the Local
School Board (LSB) of the province or city where the school is
located. Aside from LSB, the PTESDC, and CHED/PASUC
Regional offices may conduct review of the program and submit
the results to the Coordinating Council.
The
adoption
program
can
be
terminated
per
recommendation of the said group, after an appropriate review, to
the Coordinating Council (CC). The adopting entity may appeal
the assessment to the CC .
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Procedures for Participation in the ASP


Periodic Review
The Coordinating Council will periodically issue standards
and guidelines for the review of the ASP implementation.
The results of the review shall be taken into consideration in
the assessment of the application for tax credits by the adopting
entity.
The decision of the Coordinating Council is final and
unappeasable.
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Tax Incentives

As provided in the law, an additional deduction for adoption


expenses incurred by the Adopting Private Entity
equivalent to fifty percent (50%) from the gross income per
BIR Revenue Regulation No. 10-2003.
Valuation of assistance other than money will based on the
acquisition cost of property. The depreciation cost of the
property will be considered if the property is already been
used.

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Tax Incentives

Claim for Tax Deduction by Private Resident The


Adopting Private Entity shall file an application for tax
deduction accompanied by supporting documents to the
Coordinating Council through the National Secretariat.

The Coordinating Council shall act within thirty (30) days


from the receipt of the application by Secretariat.

Upon approval of the claim by the Coordinating Council,


the Secretariat shall endorse it to the Regional District
Officer of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) having the
jurisdiction over the place of business of the Adopting
Private Entity.
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Tax Incentives

While it is the three education agencies which shall


endorse the application to the BIR, the agency whose
schools benefited from the private sector support, shall
undertake the review of the supporting documents submitted
by the adopting private entity and shall approve the
application, with the concurrence of the two (2) education
agencies as member of the Coordinating Council.

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Tax Incentives
Foreign Donations Any applications for tax/duty free importation
of foreign donations shall be endorsed by DepEds School Division
Superintendent, TESDAs Provincial Director and CHEDs Regional
Director.

The applicant shall submit the aforementioned endorsement,


MOA, and the following documents to the Secretariat for
consideration of the Coordinating Council.
a. Application letter for duty/tax free importation;
b. Deed of Undertaking indicating that donated articles shall
be used actually and directly for
educational purposes; and
c. Donated articles shall not be resold or transferred for
material consideration.
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Tax Incentives

All approved application for duty/tax free importation of foreign


donations shall be forwarded to the department of Finance for their
appropriate action.

In cases of donations/contributions local or foreign, copy furnish


the RDO of the deed of donated property/ies and other pertinent
documents having the jurisdiction over the said transaction.

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Additional Incentives

The adopting company or enterprise shall be entitled to have


its name emblazoned beneath the name of the school after words
indicating that the school is under the Adopt-A-School Program.

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