Chavit Singson says to suggest to DepEd use of satellites for blended learning

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2020 07:04 PM

MANILA - Ilocos Sur politician Luis “Chavit” Singson said Monday he would suggest to the Department of Education (DepEd) the use of satellites for blended learning as face-to-face classes remain prohibited due to the threat of COVID-19. 

Singson, mayor of the town of Narvacan in Ilocos Sur, said satellites can be installed with "minimal" expenses instead of struggling with providing internet connectivity, especially for remote areas.

"Makatutulong po kami sa buong Pilipinas – iyong mga walang wifi, walang signal – makakapaglatag kami kaagad ng mga satellites to the remotest area," he said in a virtual press briefing.

(We can help the whole Philippines-- those without WiFi or signal. We can put up satellites in the remotest area.)

Broadcast media is among the education delivery modes under DepEd's blended learning scheme for the start of classes on Aug. 24.

Other delivery modes are online lessons and printed modules, which students can take home for education.

With satellites installed, Singson said teachers and students would no longer have to spend for internet connection or gadgets such as tablets and laptops since lessons can be watched on television.

"Ang technology, ang system, ako magpro-provide lahat; ang content, bahala na po ang mga teachers kung anong gustong ipalabas, iyon lang ang ipalalabas. At very successful ang ginawa sa Narvacan and the province of Ilocos Sur, so we are ready for that," he said.

(I will provide the technology and system. Teachers can be in-charge of the content. This was very successful in Narvacan and the province of Ilocos Sur so we are ready for that.)

He added that his town has partnered with a telecommunications firm for the project and that he would seek a meeting with Education Secretary Leonor Briones over his proposal, noting that he is willing to provide the system.

"I’d like to have a briefing with the Secretary of Education para masabi namin itong programang ito, magandang-maganda po para sa ating bansa. Tulong lang, hindi kami magnenegosyo," he said.

(I’d like to have a briefing with the Secretary of Education so that I can share this program for our country. This is just help, not business.)