/ 6 September 2020

THE DEPARTMENT of Education is ready to implement hybrid learning for school year 2020-2021 in the Calabarzon region.

DepEd-Calabarzon has contextualized the agency’s Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan into a local setting.

The status of the learning resources is now in the advanced stage as the region is all set to accommodate its three million enrolled students, according to DepEd-Calabarzon Regional Director Wilfredo Cabral.

“Ang atin pong enrollment ay patuloy na tumataas at sa kasalukuyan mayroon na itong bilang na mahigit na tatlong milyon. At mayroon tayong mga inihanda na mga curriculum guides sa iba’t ibang learning modality at ating inihanda ‘yung ating learning resources sa bawat modality, kung saan ang Region 4 ay nasa advance level na ng paghahanda maging ang mga paaralan,” Cabral said during the Handang Isip, Handa Bukas virtual press briefing over the weekend.

DepEd Calabarzon’s Learning Continuity Plan implementation is anchored in the PIVOT 4ALCP, with eight key points, including resource mobilization and assessment.

“Ang atin pong assessment o pagtataya ng mga kasanayan at kaalaman ng ating mga estudyante ay sabay rin po nating inihanda sa ating curriculum, at patuloy ang pagsasanay ng ating mga guro. Minabuti natin na ang ating resource mobilization na nakatuon sa human finance and partnership ay mabigyan din po ng kaukulang pansin. At nakatutuwa na lahat ng mga stakeholders ay patuloy na nagbibigay ng suporta sa ating paghahanda para sa taong ito,” Cabral added.

The regional contextualized LCP also features advanced curriculum guides and training for teachers as well as a contingency plan on health standards in response to Covid19 pandemic.

From the 3 million learners, Cabral cited Imus National High School as an example of how the region is preparing for the upcoming school year, from learning delivery modality decision stage to the distance learning dry run.

With majority of its learners going for online and modular distance learning, Imus NHS sought an intensive process to determine the modality that is best fit for learners.

Support and engagement of stakeholders also assisted the school in its preparation such as “BIDA I-KonEk Mo” in cooperation with Converge IT Solutions which provided fiber optic connection for the school’s virtual education studios and free connection for learners.

Furthermore, the “Eskwela Kooperatiba” is bound to assist learners who are having difficulty in acquiring gadgets for online learning.

“Patuloy po ang paghahanda at magiging matagumpay ang SY 2020-2021 sapagkat mayroon tayong mga LGU at stakeholders na handang tumulong para sa ating pagpapatuloy ng edukasyon,” Cabral noted.

Undersecretary for Field Operations Revsee Escobedo emphasized that distance learning simulations are still being conducted in different schools and divisions nationwide with the active support of barangay and local government officials.