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Deped TV Status and Funding Requirements for Broadcast and Online Platforms

Attached is an Aide Memoire from DepEd Undersecretary Alain Del B. Pascua on the Deped TV Status and Funding Requirements for Broadcast and Online Platforms.

In compliance with the requirements of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP), the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration, in collaboration (OUA) with the Office of the Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction (OUCI) launched DepEd TV on 12 June 2020.

Since then, DepEd TV has been recognized both locally and internationally winning for the Department. Among these are the following major awards:

  • Policymaker EdTech Champions, mEducation Alliance 10th Anniversary, 11 February 2021
  • Grand Prize for Outstanding Thematic Presentation, Signis Asia TV, 12-14 May 2021.

DepEd TV needs to produce a total of 6,720 video lectures to cover all the Grade Level competencies for all subject areas in the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs). To date, DepEd TV has produced and aired a total of 1,107 first quarter episodes and 320 second quarter episodes all of which were funded under the DepEd TV Phase 1 project which had a budget of only P45,500,000.00.

DepEd needs to produce another set of 5,370 episodes to cover remaining competencies in the MELCs. This will require an additional P300 million which were originally allocated from Bayanihan I and II. Unfortunately, funds from Bayanihan I are no longer available, and Bayanihan II will expire on 30 June 2021 unless validity of the funds are extended.

The current contract with IBC13 totaling P156 million will be good for airing DepEd TV episodes until September 2021.

If Bayanihan II funds will be extended until December 31, 2021, the following will be funded:

  • From P200 million – 3,580 episodes (from the total of 5,370) to cover the remaining competencies in the MELCs which still have no video lectures
  • From P50 million – walkie-talkies for Last Mile Schools

Even with the extension of Bayanihan II funds, the following allocations are still needed for the delivery of products and services until February 2022 (not December 31, 2021 as funds under new GAA usually becomes available by February):

Top Priorities (Total Funding Requirement: P635 million):

  • P100 million is needed to cover 1,790 episodes (from the total of 5,370) to cover remaining competencies in the MELCs which still have no video lectures
  • P78 million is needed to continue airing in IBC13 from October 2021 up to February 2022.
  • P72 million is needed to make the DepEd TV episodes more appropriate for radio where there are no visuals involved.
  • P350 million is needed to enhance the DepEd Learning Management System (DLMS) to incorporate synching of local servers wherein a stand-alone server will be installed in the Last Mile Schools so that no one will be left behind, inclusion of advance analytics that will allow monitoring of learners and a more stable and reliable design. The OUA has also incorporated the Self-Learning Modules and the DepEd TV lectures in the DepEd Learning Management System (DLMS). Currently, courses have already been created that will allow teachers to deliver all the Grades 4-10 competencies in the first quarter to their learners and to track their progress. Each course in the DLMS contains activities for reading a Self-Learning Module, watching a DepEd TV episode, and taking online/offline quizzes. These are accessible offline since the DLMS courses can still be accessed even without internet once the courses have been downloaded in the mobile phone, tablet or laptop.
  • P35 million is needed to renew the subscription of DepEd Commons and incorporate further enhancements. Currently, there are 10.5 million users in the DepEd Commons of which 8.2 million are learners. This figure already covers 40% of the public school enrolment. Continuing the investments in digital tools will allow the Department to reduce the need for paper-based modules by at least 40% of the enrollees who are currently in DepEd Commons and potentially to 67% of the population who have access to the internet.

If Bayanihan II will not be extended, the total amount needed to cover the top priorities would amount to P885 million.

Secondary Priorities (Total Funding Requirement: P 282 million):

  • P67.2 million is needed to embed Filipino Sign Language in all the 6,720 TV episodes
  • P214.8 million is needed to initially produce video lectures for 3 main local dialects for the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE), from the total of 19 dialects for early grades. P71.6 million per dialect is needed to produce a video. 1,432 video lectures of K-3 into a local dialects are actually needed, but this would amount to a total of P1.36 billion.

If no additional funds can be sourced out and be provided to DepEd TV for FY2021, the following may be undertaken:

  • Notify IBC-13 that airing of DepEd TV can only be undertaken until September 2021. The MOA can be revived when funds become available under GAA2022.
  • DepEd TV Episodes already produced as of 2 June 2021 totaling 1,427 lectures may be shown thru replays, until expiration of MOA with IBC-13 on September 2021. Production of DepEd TV Episodes may be undertaken when funds become available under GAA2022.
  • Issue order terminating the detail and assignment of Teacher-Broadcasters and instructing them to return to their mother units, until such time that they will be recalled when episode production starts anew in 2022.
  • Advise all partner TV and Radio networks of the unavailability of new episodes for airing, but already produced episodes may be aired thru replays.
  • Communicate the funding requirement to the DBM of DepEd TV, DepEd Radio, DepEd Commons, and DepEd Learning Management Systems for inclusion in GAA2022.
  • Review the norms for print-based modules which were originally agreed to be reduced to 60%. If no funds are provided for DepEd TV and digital learning then it may not be prudent to reduce print-based modules.

For the Secretary’s consideration.

Deped TV Status and Funding Requirements for Broadcast and Online Platforms

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