- Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. suggested that the government make use of ABS-CBN’s frequencies for distance learning
- He said the radio and TV frequencies of ABS-CBN may be used by the education agency to allow students from far flung areas to have access to learning materials
- Villafuerte also suggested that the frequencies may be used to deliver COVID-19 updates and information to the public
A lawmaker is urging the government to consider using the ABS-CBN frequency to aid schools for distance learning.
Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. suggested that the government temporarily make use of ABS-CBN’s radio and TV frequencies to help schools in far flung areas have access to virtual learning. Villafuerte filed House Resolution No. 1044, that seeks to allow education agencies to use ABS-CBN frequencies to transmit or deliver teaching modules to learners.
“Now, therefore, be it resolved… that the House of Representatives recommend the temporary use by the government of ABS-CBN’s former television and radio frequencies for distance learning, instruction, training, and other useful purposes to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on education in the Philippines,” part of the resolution read.
Aside from the distance learning, Villafuerte also said that the frequencies may be used to deliver information related to COVID-19 pandemic to the public.
“The unused frequencies may also be used for information on COVID-19 prevention and control, risk reduction and preparedness,” he said.
Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones Briones earlier assured that the Department of Education (DepEd) has been preparing for the implementation of blended learning. She said they have updated and made use of various forms of platforms to help students.
“Radio, television, online and modular learning – which are pre-existing methods and were already used for decades – are being prepared and updated for this year. At the same time, teachers are being trained on utilizing newer platforms and innovative tools to aid their professional development,” she said.