DepEd-Baguio Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Soraya Faculo said that the DepEd Baguio together with its stakeholders and partners will be pilot testing the learning modalities which the DepEd would be using during this time of COVID-19 pandemic when the regular face to face learning is not advised.
Faculo said the pilot test would involve at least 2,826 learners from the Guisad Valley National High School and Bonifacio Elementary School in Barangay Crescencia Village and Happy Hallow National High and Happy Hallow Elementary School in Happy Hallow Barangay. The DepEd’s Alternative Learning System is also included in the pilot testing.
The schools were selected on geographic location to look into the challenges learners in different areas in the city may encounter.
Faculo said that Crescencia Village is located near the central business district with better internet signal while Happy Hallow barangay is located several kilometers away from the central business district and has less internet connectivity.
Among the learning modalities to be tested are the Modular Distance Learning which allows learners to use self-learning modules in print or digital format/electronic copy, whichever is applicable in the context of the learner, and other learning resources like Learner’s Materials, textbooks, activity sheets, study guides and other study materials; Online Distance Learning through the use of various technologies accessed through the internet and TV/Radio-Based Instruction using the cable TV and radio programs in the city.
The DepEd will also use blended learning that combines face-to-face with any or a mix of online distance learning, modular distance learning, and TV/Radio-based Instruction. Blended learning will enable the schools to limit face-to-face learning, ensure social distancing, and decrease the volume of people outside the home at any given time.
During the launching of the Opening of Classes Initiative and Support Services last July 16, DepEd-Baguio City Schools Division Superintendent Marie Carolyn Verano presented to the the different stakeholders and partners the learning modalities and the Learning Continuity and Operational Plan which will be implemented in the city of Baguio for school year 2020-2021.
In his message, Congressman Mark Go lauded the initiatives of the DepEd-Baguio in coming up with plans that would ensure continued education for the learners from elementary and high school despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the initiative which would be pilot tested in the different schools would help the city government, the DepEd and its partners determine the strengths and weaknesses which should be addressed as the distance learning starts on August 24, 2020.
In the said event, Go, DepEd-Cordillera Regional Director May Eclar, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong represented by Executive Assistant Marlene De Castro, Philippine Army 503rd Brigade Commander BGen. Henry Doyaoen led the commitment signing with the different stakeholders and partners as they pledge support to the opening of class initiative project.
The officials also led the ribbon cutting of the indigenous knowledge learning center at the DepEd – Baguio City. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis