The DepED has on-going review of policies and guidelines relative to the procurement or provision of supplementary reading, reference, and instructional materials, including multimedia and computer software packages which are referred to as instructional materials for delivery to public schools.
The review aims to ascertain that policies and guidelines related to the procurement of IM are sufficient to ensure that
a. The IM are the most appropriate for the needs of intended users.
b. The prices of these IMs are reasonable that allow the government to optimize the use of limited public funds.
c. Transactions and produce activities related to IMs are conducted in the most ethical and transparent manner.
In this connection, pending completion of this review, there shall be a moratorium on the procurement of IMs until this issuance is rescinded or revoked. The moratorium includes projects or programs such as but not limited to School based management, preschool education for all children, Every child a reader program, enhancement of English, Science and Math instructions, Special programs, Sports, Regional Science High Schools, Engineering and Science Education Program, Multigrade program, Mother Tongue - Based Multilingual Education, Gender and Development Program. Notwithstanding separate guidelines that may have authorized the procurement of IMs using these program or funds, this authority is hereby suspended during the effectively of this order.
Furthermore, all DepEd officials are enjoined not to recommend or endorse the purchase of IMs using non DepeD fund sources such as Special Education Fund, PDAF and others.
DepEd 44 s 2013