MANILA — The Department of Education said Sunday it partnered with the National Telecommunications Commission for the airing of educational programs through television and radio as in-person classes remain postponed in the coming school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, the DepEd said it sought help from NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba to ask television, radio, and cable operators to broadcast educational materials and instructions when the school year starts in August.
"The Department is determined to strengthen education delivery through television, whether it is through commercial broadcast TV networks, free channels, government-owned TV stations, and even cable TV networks," Education Undersecretary Alain del Pascua said.
Cordoba issued a memorandum last June 22, reminding TV and radio network operators of the public service obligations mandated in their franchises, which requires them to "assist in the functions of public information and education."
In another June 22 memorandum, Cordoba reminded cable TV operators that they are required to provide an access channel to education entities for free "as a public service feature of the cable television system."
The Presidential Communications Operations Office earlier said the DepEd may use state-run television and radio stations to air educational programs as part of the agency's distance learning plan.
When classes start in August, schools would also be using online platforms, and printed and digital modules to deliver lessons to students at home.
In-person classes are postponed until a vaccine against COVID-19 is available to avoid students, teachers and school personnel from contracting the respiratory illness.
President Rodrigo Duterte has said he was eyeing to procure transistor radios to help deliver lessons to poor students in far-flung areas.