THE Department of Education (DepEd) is targeting to increase the utilization of TV and radio-based materials to further support the implementation of blended learning for School Year 2021-2022.

"Hindi natin maikakaila na hindi mawawala ang mahalagang papel na ginagampanan ng TV at radio sa bansa sa paghatid ng edukasyon sapagkat hindi lahat ay may access sa internet. Kailangan accessible sa lahat ng mga mag-aaral ang mga learning opportunities (We can't deny the fact that TV and radio are important tools in our country in delivering information to educate because not everyone has an access to internet. The students have the right to all learning opportunities)," Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said during a Senate hearing.

While Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) are available in schools and field offices, DepEd stressed that these are also converted into DepEd TV episodes and radio-based lessons for flexibility of the modality.

Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Nepomuceno Malaluan shared that the department intends to effectively integrate TV- and radio-based materials in the instructional plans for the upcoming school year.

"These radio and TV episodes are now digitally available and we have a database that is indexed by Grade Level, Quarter, Episode Title, Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) Mapping, and CG Code," Undersecretary Malaluan said.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian previously praised DepEd for producing high-quality educational materials such as DepEd TV and DepEd radio and hopes to see the increased use of the platforms.

"I've seen the TV programming, and it's very nice. It's high quality. It's not low production, and the teachers there perform quite superbly in delivering. In fact, they have managed to demonstrate not only their teaching capabilities but their acting capabilities. I like it. It's produced quite well," Senator Gatchalian shared.

Completed episodes of DepEd TV have been airing over TV stations such as IBC 13, GMA7, Cignal, GSat, Grace TV, Solar, Planet Cable, Pacific Kabelnet, Mabuhay Pilipinas TV, and PCTA members, and simultaneously played in radio counterparts.