Philippines’ top broadcast journalists train Teacher-Broadcasters for DepEd TV

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These multi-awarded TV presenters are taking part in DepEd’s Teacher-Broadcaster Training program to equip teachers in delivering lessons through television. Photo credits to Undersecretary Alain Pascua FB.

The Philippines’ top broadcast journalists are training selected Teacher-Broadcasters for the Department of Education (DepEd) TV productions that serve as the “new normal” learning tool for students without an internet connection.

The DepEd’s line-up of trainers consists of star-studded media personalities from the country’s biggest TV networks such as GMA 7, ABS-CBN, and TV 5, announced DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua on September 18, 2020.

TV 5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdes serves as the Senior Trainer and Advisor of the newly launched initiative of the department to cope with the distance learning that will be the mode of the current school year 2020-2021, while anchor-host Paolo Bediones is the lead trainer.

The 107 identified teacher-broadcasters will be trained by the country’s respected news personalities such as Jessica Soho, Atom Araullo, Karen Davila, and Korina Sanchez, among others.

“We are very fortunate to have the decades of combined broadcast and hosting experience of multi-awarded broadcast journalists, television and radio personalities to guide our Teacher-Broadcasters for DepEd TV,” said USec Pascua.

Kapuso host Jessica Soho said to the teachers, “Sa totoo lang po, wala tayong masyadong pinagkaiba. Journalists have three basic functions or tasks: to inform, to enlighten, and like you, dear teachers, to educate. We also have the same method of teaching: by telling stories. Welcome to your New Normal, dear teachers.”

The extensive training sessions of the teachers that involved effective TV presenting and understanding the elements of video production was started at the University of the Philippines – Diliman and Los Banos.

The department has also established 16 areas that are already preparing for the broadcast-ready studios in locations such as Ilocos Norte, Lanao del Norte, Pangasinan, Zamboanga, Palawan, and Davao.

A total of 130 educational episodes per week, dubbed in local languages, are expected to air from the start of classes on October 5, 2020, onwards that cover the major school subject areas.

Here is the set of multi-awarded trainers of “Teacher-Broadcasters” of DepEd:

1. TV 5 – Luchi Cruz-Valdes (Senior Trainer/Advisor)
2. Paolo Bediones – Lead Trainer
3. GMA 7 – Jessica Soho
4. GMA 7 – Kara David
5. GMA 7 – Sandra Aguinaldo
6. GMA 7 – Atom Araullo
7. GMA 7 – Arnold Clavio
8. ABS-CBN – Korina Sanchez
9. ABS-CBN – Karen Davila
10. ABS-CBN – Kim Atienza
11. ABS-CBN – Abner Mercado
12. ABS-CBN – Jacque Manabat
13. TV 5 – MJ Marfori
14. Issa Litton – Grooming Coach
15. Pocholo Gonzales – Voice Coach
16. Lyqa Maravilla -Educational content creator and motivational speaker

The DepEd said it was tapping various TV networks/cables such as Cignal, GSAT, Sky Cable, Gracia Telecoms and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, Streamtech and Planet Cable, Solar, Mabuhay Pilipinas, the Philippine cable and Telecommunications Association (PCTA), and GMA7 to partner with the airing of DepEd TV.

“Education is everyone’s business, we are so pleased, and we are so touched with the degree of cooperation, assistance, and advice which we have been getting and which we are considering very, very seriously,” expressed Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.

Various initiatives are leading the way to support the new normal of schooling in the country.

Non-Profit Organization Pinoys in Pursuit of Learning raises funds to benefit public schools.

Bicol artist Sheila Brobio’s leaf and paper carved portraits aid students’ learning.

Peace Kamp, Bangketa Eskwela Foundation, and other charity groups are raising funds for online learning gadgets of Aetas.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.