One of the deputy speakers of the House of Representatives has recommended that government use the radio and TV frequencies of ABS-CBN as means for alternative distance learning for the opening of the new school year next month.
Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte has filed House Resolution 1044 which seeks to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s education system.
Villafuerte is one of the 70 congressmen who voted to deny ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.
Villafuerte said the Department of Education (DepEd) is transitioning from the conventional “face-to-face” learning to blended learning, or a combination of online distance learning and in-person delivery of learning materials to the homes of students.
Malacanang has directed against face-to-face classroom instruction as part of the health safeguards on COVID-19. Classes are to start August 24.
Some sectors said the multi-awarded Knowledge Channel, one of ABS-CBN’s units, has been very helpful to the education department and private schools in conveying good content to learners. Knowledge Channel also has a good reach and network.
“Exhausting all possible delivery modes such as the use of untapped television and radio frequencies as those vacated by ABS-CBN is important in keeping students engaged amid the learning crisis sweeping across the globe as a result of the coronavirus disease outbreak,” Villafuerte said.
“The unused frequencies may also be used for information on Covid-19 prevention and control, risk reduction and preparedness,” Villafuerte said.
Villafuerte said the air wave frequencies assigned to ABS-CBN can be especially useful in areas not yet reached by digital infrastructure, such as communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.