Wish 107.5 celebrates 6th anniversary by giving away over 100 tablets to students

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 24, 2020   •   861

To continue the spirit of charity, Wish 107.5 celebrated its 6th anniversary by giving away over 100 tablets to students.

The Wish 107.5 digital benefit concert ‘Notes of Hope’ featured performances of several OPM powerhouse artists including Moira Dela Torre, Jason Marvin, Darren Espanto, The Juans, Bugoy Drilon, SB19 and BMPI’s own Wishfuls.

Desiree Castro, one of the beneficiaries, is grateful for the tablet especially after her parents lost their jobs.

Marami pong hirap ngayong pandemya pero malaking pagkakataon po ito para sa aming mga estudyante itong tablet na ito para magamit po namin sa pagaaral (This pandemic has been a great challenge but this tablet is a good opportunity for us to use in our studies), she said.

Another beneficiary, Manuelito Carretero, had to make ends meet by being an on-call driver. He has long been worrying for the school needs of his children

Malaking bagay po sa kanila kasi wala po kaming kakayahan makabili ng ganoong gadgets lalo po sa panahon ngayon (This is a huge deal for them because we have no means to buy these kinds of gadgets especially during these times),” he said.

The radio station’s benefit concert also gave hope to Erika Mae De Vera who was close to stop pursuing her studies. She said her father already told her not to enroll since they would not have any means to buy the gadget for online learning.

Makakaasa po kayong pagbubutihan ko po ang aking pagaaral (Rest assured that I will do good in my studies), she said.

BMPI CEO and President Daniel Razon expressed his gratitude for the support of Wishers and vows to continue providing a platform for artists.

“Our friends from the live events industry are some of those who have been heavily hit, which is one of the reasons we strive to remain to be a platform where artists can continue to share their music and impart messages of positivity amid these difficult times,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

Training of public school teachers for distance learning to be completed by July—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2020

The training of public school teachers for distance learning is set to be completed by July, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

During the Senate Committee hearing on Thursday (June 25), DepEd reported that only 40 percent of the 800,000 public school teachers have completed their training.

Deped Undersecretary Tony Umali said there will be a massive training to be led by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines.

Senator Nancy Binay, meanwhile, questioned DepEd for the lack of “mapping” to determine the best learning modality in various areas in the country.

“Iyong training na gagawin sa teachers dapat angkop sa kakayahan ng lugar. For example, let’s say Bukidnon or Cordillera na alam naman natin mahirap ang signal. So why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching our kids when alam naman natin na mukhang mahirap iyong ganung klase ng pagtuturo? (The training for teachers should be appropriate for the area. For example, let’s say in Bukidnon or Cordillera which we know have difficulty in signal. Why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching kids when we know that mode of teaching would be difficult),” she said.

DepEd said they are conducting surveys to determine the capacity of students and teachers for alternative learning modality under distance learning.

“Kasi po kasabay nga po ng aming registration form ay may survey, dapat malaman namin kung ano ba ang pinakamabisang modality, pamamaraan ng pagtuturo at pag-aaral ng mga bata, (With our registration form, we also have a survey. It should help us determine what is the best modality, mode of learning for the students’ education),” Umali said.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has already prepared the educational radio programs and scripts for the digital programs for Grade 9 and 10 Math and Science lessons.

Meanwhile, DepEd calls on private schools to suspend tuition fee hike and other fees.

“The Department of Education appeals to private educational institutions in basic education to defer increases in tuition and other miscellaneous fees or charges for School Year 2020-2021. In view of the financial constraints that parents and learners are expected to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” DepEd said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

DepEd reiterates cash donations are not accepted for online learning aid

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday (June 11) reiterated that they do not accept cash donations for their online learning aid.

The Education Department is already partnering with various individuals, groups, and organizations who are willing to donate cellphones and tablets before classes resume on August 24.

Meanwhile, the department continues to give priority to families with no internet access and gadget to receive digital equipment.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said having free WiFi access will also help students for their online classes.

“All of us know that we do not have full connectivity in all places of the Philippines and this is why we are also supporting your bill for the free wifi, for example to make it available of free use of facilities for DepEd Commons from the servers themselves,” she said.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gregorio Honasan already signed a memorandum order to expedite the implementation of free wifi access for teachers and students.

The DICT currently targets 2,527 live sites in public schools and 1,804 live sites in state universities, and in Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) institutions before the year ends.AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Taguig City trains public, private teachers for ‘Learn-From-Home’ program

Marje Pelayo   •   April 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Teachers and students should become accustomed to a new norm when classes reopen in Taguig City.

In response to the changing demand in the current education system, the local government has started web training around 4,000 public and private school teachers across the city to prepare them for the new form of teaching once the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted. 

This new online program, in particular, is Taguig City’s ‘Cyberlab At Home’ – an online program under the Taguig Online Resources and Community Hub (TORCH).

Mayor Lino Cayetano explained that the number of students in a classroom may be limited when classes resume so they will use the internet for other activities.

Para ma-ease natin yung volume ng mga tao sa mga classrooms, pwede silang mag-aral sa kanilang bahay (To ease the volume of people in classrooms, they may study at home),” Cayetano said.

The TORCH program includes Training and Enrichment Courses from the Taguig Online Campus (TECTOC) through which residents of Taguig City may enroll in courses like accountancy or computer courses.

Doon sa iba nating mga gustong magpalit ng courses, in a matter of one week bago matapos yung ECQ meron na silang certificate sa (Those who want to shift courses, in a matter of one week before the ECQ ends, they will get a certificate in) Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier, After Effects,” the mayor noted.

For interested applicants you may visit www.taguiginfo.com. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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