DepEd eyes to expand reach of television-based instruction

After recording 13.91 million learners who were able to access the its television-based learning platform in the previous school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing to further expand the reach of its “DepEd TV.”

Photo taken in Luna, Isabela in September 2021 (DepEd Philippines)

“We emphasize the need to maximize the use of DepEd TV as part of the learning delivery modalities under the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan as this is one of the most widely available modalities for distance learning,” DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua said in a statement issued Thursday, Oct. 14.

“DepEd TV” is the the agency’s television-based instruction broadcasted in national and regional partner stations.

It provides an avenue to accommodate the different learning styles of learners.

The episodes were designed with more interactive components to capture and sustain learners' interest while attaining the targeted competencies.

For School Year (SY) 2021-2022, the Offices of Undersecretaries for Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, and Field Operations released Joint Memorandum No. 002, s. 2021 encouraging all regional and division personnel to “actively promote” the use of DepEd TV and DepEd Radio (Radio-based instruction), alongside other distance learning modalities to maximize learners' learning experience.

DepEd also requested teachers to submit a quarterly report about the usage of DepEd TV as a teaching modality in the new normal.

The said reports, DepEd said, will be used to assess DepEd TV's efficacy and effectiveness in ensuring learners understand the lessons and competencies they need for the school year.

“The information we will gather from the reports of our teachers will aid in the development of the alternative solutions and enhancements for our programs to reach out to more learners and teachers, particularly those who do not have access to the internet,” Pascua said.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio encouraged teachers to use DepEd TV as a supplemental learning resource to help learners understand their lessons.

“Our DepEd TV episodes follow a weekly plan anchored on the Most Essential Learning Competencies,” he said.

“We encourage teachers to use these resources to support learning together with other distance learning delivery modalities to help learners deepen their understanding of their lessons,” he added.

Availability and schedule of DepEd TV episodes can be viewed at the DepEd TV Program Grid website at

Learners and teachers may also watch episodes via Facebook streaming through the IBC-13 Facebook page at, DepEd TV Youtube Channel through, and cable partners and specific channels.