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State-owned IBC-13 eyed as educational platform
( - June 2, 2020 - 8:43am

MANILA, Philippines — Government agencies are looking into using the state-owned Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13) as an educational platform amid the coronavirus disease crisis.

In his latest report to Congress, President Rodrigo Duterte said the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Department of Education are discussing the possible use of the state-owned network for television-based education as one of the modalities for distance learning.

“The goal is to launch and air the DepEd curriculum-based TV programs by the scheduled school opening in August 2020,” Duterte said.

In a House hearing last May, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said IBC-13 can be used by the department as a learning platform. He said investing P100 million into IBC-13 will enable the network to reach students in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon.

Duterte also said the PCOO is in talks with the satellite television industry to explore how TV-based learning could reach all students nationwide.

Most businesses were allowed to reopen as the government further relaxed quarantine measures nationwide but schools remain shuttered.

The school year 2020-2021 will formally open on August 24 but the DepEd discouraged face-to-face interactions. Schools will instead offer online classes, printed modules or learning through television and radio.

The month-long remote enrolment in public schools began Monday. — Gaea Katreena Cabico

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: July 1, 2020 - 11:07am

Follow this thread for updates on when classes will resume, and how those classes will be conducted.

Photo: Students wearing protective face masks have their temperatures taken while entering their college campus in Manila on January 31, 2020. AFP/Ted Aljibe

July 1, 2020 - 11:07am

A group of teaches slams the Department of Education for sending more teachers to communities in order to convince parents to enroll learners as a result of the  underwhelming enrollment turn out.

“DepEd would rather send its untested teachers to scour communities and locate unenrolled students at the height of a raging pandemic, instead of providing enabling conditions for learning continuity. It again resorts to band-aid and risky measures to cover up the glaring problems with its back-to-school plans," says Alliance of Concerned Teachers Secretary General Raymond Basilio.

"Without recognizing and resolving the roadblocks confronting parents and learners, the enrolment extension will be no more than a desperate and risky bid to boost enrolment figures,” he adds.

June 26, 2020 - 3:22pm

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers Philippines hits the Department of Education after it "paraded its unpreparedness" again during the Senate hearing on the preparation of the agency’s learning continuity plan (LCP).

“Despite getting IATF’s go signal for the LCP as early as May 11, DepEd still has nothing to show for its prized alternative modalities—no laptops, gadgets for learners and education workers, no print or digital modules for the revised K to 12 curriculum, no report yet on the much-bragged about TV/radio educational programs," says ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio

"Neither has it instituted any health and safety measures at schools. How will learning continue amid the pandemic without these?” questions Basilio. 

June 25, 2020 - 6:31pm

Sen. Nancy Binay asks officials of the Department of Education officials whether they had carried out school mapping to help identify which areas had the appropriate infrastructure to adopt new learning modalities.

"Hindi ba dapat ngayon pa lang mayroon nang ganitong mapping? Kasi iyong training na ginagawa ninyo sa mga teachers dapat angkop doon sa kakayahan ng lugar, eh. For example, let’s say Bukidnon or Cordillera na alam naman natin mahirap ang signal," she says.

"So why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching our kids when alam naman natin na mukhang mahirap ang ganoong klase ng pagtuturo?” Binay adds.

June 23, 2020 - 12:16pm

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers Philippines urges the Department of Education to suspend the order on alternative work arrangement after "harrowing" reports that teachers were made to physically report without support nor protection against COVID-19 infection.

"This is what happens when a work order precedes the more important plan and directive to install preventive measures in worksites," says Raymond Basilio, Secretary General of ACT Philippines.

"Teachers, including those who are pregnant, of senior age, and with pre-existing conditions in the case of some areas were made to physically report to work without provisions for safe transportation, only to find that many of the schools were not compliant to minimum health standards," he adds.

June 13, 2020 - 2:07pm

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers Philippines urges to protect the private school teachers amid low enrollment turnout. 

“If enrolment will continue at this rate, we may have less than a million learners in private schools for this school year, which may mean thousands of school closure, especially small ones that are unable to continue operation due to the lack of sufficient funds from tuition and other miscellaneous fees," says ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio.

"This in turn will lead to massive lay-offs of education workers,” the group says. 

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