/ 26 August 2020

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology is assisting government-owned television broadcasting entities and the Department of Education in implementing a blended learning approach for learners this school year.

Ramon Jacinto, DICT undersecretary for Government Digital Broadcast Television and the Digitization of the Entertainment Industry Sector, is tasked to lead the DICT in supporting state-run TV networks such as those under the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the DepEd “in broadcasting basic education content as the country transitions to the new normal in the education sector.”

With the Covid19 pandemic, DepEd will broadcast educational programs for learners as part of the blended learning.

Last July 29, DICT directed the National Telecommunications Commission to provide technical support to ensure the delivery of uninterrupted quality education using broadcast frequencies through the facilities of PTV-4 – a directive from President Rodrigo Duterte during his fifth State of the Nation Address.

Jacinto said the agency is also currently working with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas to utilize its resources for education.

So far, DepEd has aired different educational programs in various channels and uploaded video and audio lectures in DepEd Commons.

DepEd is also looking for a third batch of teacher-broadcasters for programs to be aired once classes begin on October 5.