Despite the unprecedented challenges brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) maintained that it was able to provide a “fearless and proactive” response that aimed to ensure learning continuity for millions of Filipino learners.
In a statement issued Saturday, April 17, DepEd said that it will “continue to seek answers to numerous challenges facing education” by crafting policies based on research, global trends, and best practices.
During the EduTECH Philippines Virtual 2021 held in March, Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua also highlighted the different learning modalities created in support of the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) currently implemented this school year.
DepEd, Pascua said, has always worked hard to ensure that every child has access to quality education even in the face of disaster or pandemic. “This is the driving force behind our efforts to form a DepEd blended learning framework,” he added.
Related to this, Pascua cited the development of DepEd TV, DepEd Radio, and DepEd Commons as some of the steps of the DepEd to ensure learning continuity, even in Last Mile Schools, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Education in the Philippines has evolved and continues to evolve as the country and the world copes with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Pascua said. The fearless and proactive response embodied in the program, I have shared with you, enables us to keep moving forward,” he added.
As of March 2021, DepEd Commons – the online learning platform of the agency – ha over 12 million unique users. For over a year now, the platform has been making the learning materials more accessible to learners and teachers under the distance learning set-up.
Likewise, the DepEd TV which is the main television-based instruction initiative of the agency has produced 1,981 episodes from the 1st Quarter to the 3rd Quarter of the current school year since its official launch in 2020.