Jessica Soho, Korina Sanchez, Karen Davila, Arnold Clavio, Kim Atienza — To say that DepEd’s trainer lineup for teacher-broadcasters is star-studded is an understatement.
And with no less than Senior Trainer and Advisor Luchi Cruz-Valdes at the helm together with decorated anchor-host Paolo Bediones as Lead Trainer, the Department of Education’s (DepEd) foray into educational TV is set for a great start.
“Education is everyone’s business, we are so pleased, and we are so touched with the degree of cooperation, assistance, and advice which we have been getting and which we are considering very, very seriously,” said Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.
“We are very fortunate to have the decades of combined broadcast and hosting experience of multi-awarded broadcast journalists, and television and radio personalities from the country’s biggest networks GMA7, ABS-CBN and TV5 to guide our Teacher-Broadcasters for DepEd TV,” said Undersecretary Alain Pascua.
Other notable personalities who will participate in the training include Kara David, Sandra Aguinaldo, Abner Mercado, Atom Araullo, Jacque Manabat, and MJ Marfori. They are also joined by grooming coach Issa Litton, voice master Pocholo Gonzales, and educational content creator and motivational speaker Lyqa Maravilla.
DepEd’s Teacher-Broadcaster Training Program will help equip and empower its select Teacher-Broadcaster candidates to be effective presenters on television, and also allow them to deeply understand the elements of video production by allowing them to discover the roles of Associate Producer, Videographer, Editor, Graphic Artist, and Production Coordinator throughout the program.
Undersecretary Pascua said that the training of teacher-broadcasters started with sessions at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and Los Banos which have been arranged by the Curriculum and Instruction strand of Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio, particularly thru Director Leila Arreola of the Bureau of Learning Delivery.
Thru the support of the Presidential Communications Operations Office led by Secretary Martin Andanar, the training workshops with Bediones and Cruz-Valdes were made possible.
In addition to the training, DepEd is also planning to build broadcast-ready studios nationwide to cover all Division Offices. Currently, 16 areas are already preparing for this, including Ilocos Norte, Lanao del Norte, Pangasinan, Zamboanga, Palawan, and Davao.
Carlo Palma, a teacher from Pangasinan, was ecstatic, saying “I have always dreamed of becoming a broadcaster.”
46-year old Teacher Mary Antonette Magtanong, is equally happy and surprised at the opportunity. “I never imagined that at my age, I will still be able to reach my dream,” Teacher Mary said.
Information and Communications Technology Service Director Abram Abanil said that by October 5, the target is to be able to produce 130 episodes per week. These 130 episodes cover only the major subject areas under the most essential learning competencies.
DepEd is set to have its final test broadcast on September 21 to 25, 2020 via IBC-13 and other partner networks, not only to test all technical matters, but also to evaluate the final contents, designs, themes, templates and all other matters that will make DepEd TV successful and interesting.
“We are now finalizing our partnerships with Cignal, GSAT, Sky Cable, Gracia Telecoms and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, Streamtech and Planet Cable, Solar, Mabuhay Pilipinas, the Philippine cable and Telecommunications Association (PCTA), and GMA7. We hope to have the signing of agreements by next week,” Pascua said.
Undersecretary Pascua stressed that apart from the other available learning modes, he understands the importance of DepEd TV in helping reach more learners and reiterated the importance of the support of the National Government and external partners in the success of the program.
“We are potentially looking at the future of education here. Apart from online learning, which we are pursuing through DepEd Commons, television and radio continue to be very effective channels for instruction and education, hence the DepEd TV and DepEd Radio,” Pascua added.