A DEPUTY speaker is pushing for the passage of a resolution recommending the short term use by the governing administration of Abs-CBN’s previous television and radio frequencies as a signifies to offer alternative distance mastering modalities to students this coming university year.
In filing Dwelling Resolution 1044, Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte—one of the 70 legislators who voted in the Dwelling committee on legislative franchises to deny Abs-CBN’s franchise renewal—said his proposal seeks to mitigate the affect of the coronavirus pandemic on the training program.
Villafuerte filed the resolution as the Office of Schooling (DepEd) is at the moment doing work to changeover the modality of educating from the regular “face-to-face” learning to blended mastering, or a blend of on the net length mastering and in-man or woman supply of understanding supplies to the homes of the learners.
Lessons start out on August 24, with a distinct directive to shun encounter-to-confront classroom encounters as component of wellness safeguards in opposition to Covid-19.
Villafuerte’s pitch arrives a day just after some quarters pointed out how one of Abs-CBN’s units, the multiawarded Understanding Channel, experienced these kinds of a excellent get to and community and had been really handy to the education office and personal schools in conveying superior content to learners.
“Exhausting all attainable shipping modes this kind of as the use of untapped television and radio frequencies as people vacated by Ab muscles-CBN is essential in trying to keep college students engaged amid the finding out crisis sweeping across the world as a consequence of the coronavirus ailment 2019 [Covid-19] outbreak,” he stated.
“The unused frequencies might also be made use of for details on Covid-19 avoidance and regulate, hazard reduction and preparedness,” Villafuerte reported.
According to Villafuerte, the Philippines is between the countries experiencing a “learning crisis” mainly because of the pandemic.
Citing a Planet Lender report, Villafuerte claimed the pandemic “is triggering more than 1.6 billion small children and youth to be out of faculty in 161 international locations or all over 80 percent of the world’s learners.”
“Inequality and inaccessibility of prospects these as those pertaining to Web connectivity and possession of a laptop computer pose a variety of worries for academics and learners,” he mentioned.
In addition, Villafuerte said the previous frequencies applied by Abs-CBN will be particularly practical in locations not however arrived at by electronic infrastructure, these types of as some of the communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Location in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Previously, Villafuerte famous that the decision of the Household committee on legislative franchises not to renew the franchise of Abdominal muscles-CBN was a “tough and difficult” one.
“The 70 legislators who voted from renewal experienced arrived at a challenging selection in upholding the Committee Report, as it was practical and common to just vote for renewal, offered the sustained media offensive of the Tv set network and its allies in the media—along with members of the political opposition who experienced shrewdly capitalized on this concern to score pogi details in the push by foisting phony difficulties on the general public at the expense of President Duterte,” he additional.
Cayetano refutes Poe
Meanwhile, Home Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano refuted the assert of Sen. Grace Poe that the denial of Stomach muscles-CBN’s corporation franchise application was a “dangerous precedent for all other franchises.”
Contrary to Poe’s allegation, Cayetano claimed the new motion of the Dwelling panel has established solid precedent wherein the Home of Representatives “will never tolerate any individual, which include oligarchs, who will abuse the system and cheat each the governing administration and our people today.”
Cayetano stated the denial really should have a “chilling effect” only on people who would abuse the procedure and hold cavalier attitudes towards our guidelines, and even the Philippine Structure.