Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones initiated the call for support from the telco companies in providing free access to DepEd Commons – an online education delivery platform for an alternative mode of a teaching-learning process during class suspensions and other similar circumstances.
“In this time of crisis, it is important that we make it possible to overcome this challenge with solid partnerships with the private sector. We are thankful on our partners’ generosity in support of the continuity of public education by providing us free data for DepEd Commons access amid the COVID-19 situation,” said Briones.
The latest data shows that there were over 4,236,667 DepEd Commons users during the ECQ time. DepEd expected that the number of users will continue to rise in the coming days.
Alain Del B. Pascua, DepEd Undersecretary for Administration commented, “We are facing many challenges in ensuring the continuity of education especially in this extremely difficult situation that we are in. In partnership with Globe, DepEd is steadily moving forward in bringing educational resources to the teachers and the learners wherever they may be.”
DepEd Commons also integrated the Globe eLibrary, a web platform that featured age-appropriate and engaging e-books and e-learning videos which can be accessed through mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers.
PLDT and Smart, on the other hand, provided a package to DepEd that includes 10 mother tongue-based literacy apps available for download on the Google Play app under #LearnSmart.
The initiative aims to ensure educational continuity amidst the COVID-19 situation. “We are thankful for our partners’ generosity in support of the continuity of public education by providing us free data for DepEd Commons access amid the COVID-19 situation,” said Briones.
“With digital learning becoming more mainstream given the Covid-19 pandemic, online teaching has come to the fore, changing the local educational climate and norms of teaching forever,” said Al Panlilio, PLDT CRO and Smart president
However, telco companies remind the public that all links clicked outside the DepEd emails are not part of the free program and can incur data charges.