Access to online study platform free of data charges: DepEd

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 21 2020 11:24 AM

MANILA -- The Department of Education said Tuesday that its online learning platform can now be accessed by Globe and TM subscribers without incurring data charges.

In a statement, the department said it is partnering with telecommunication companies to provide free access to the DepEd Commons platform, with PLDT-Smart expected to follow suit in granting free data.

"DepEd is steadily moving forward in bringing educational resources to the teachers and the learners wherever they may be," said Education Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua.

DepEd also said the platform integrated the Globe eLibrary, which features e-books ranging from storybooks to academic textbooks.

Links outside the DepEd Commons domain will not be covered by the free data charges, the agency added.

DepEd Commons was launched in mid-March to address the suspension of classes after Luzon was placed on lockdown to control the spread of the new coronavirus disease.

The platform, which has logged over 4 million users during the enhanced community quarantine period, contains review materials and other resources authored by experts.