A radio booth set up inside a secondary school in Barangay Bolosan in Dagupan City broadcasts lessons to students by their teachers under the distance learning system being implemented by the Department of Education nationwide.
Renan Bautista, department head of Technology and Livelihood Education at the Judge Jose de Venecia Sr Technical-Vocational Secondary School (JJDVS-TVSS), and in-charge of the JDV Radio 88.3 in FM dial, said the broadcast project augments the modular instruction for their students in their school.
JDV Radio is named after the late father of the former House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. and known as “Home of the Wildcats.” (Wildcats is the school’s moniker for the school’s basketball team)
Every subject is broadcast at specific time slots with instructions from teachers as anchors aired live or pre-recorded. However, only students residing within the 500 to 600-meter radius can access it but students can also access the live streaming on the school’s Facebook account.
Willy Guieb, school principal, said the National Telecommunications Commission approved the use of the frequency for non-commercial purpose. The radio booth can also be used by students in their oral communication subject when face-to-face instruction shall have resumed, Guieb said.
During lunch break, JDV Radio features catechism in partnership with the St. John The Evangelist Cathedral and plays standard music in between subjects.
The JJDVS- TVSS was established 24 years ago and its student population has reached 1,785 last year. It is expected to have more enrollment this year.
Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia visited the school last week to learn more about the teachers and parents’ concerns on the new learning modules.
He said he will report what he had seen based on the experiences of his constituents in Pangasinan to the House Committee on Basic Education.
De Venecia initially noted is a need to improve the broadcasting capability of the school and the multimedia assisted instruction needs further assistance of the NTC for wider range through videos produced by the Philippine Sports Commission, Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
“It’s not yet perfect…we have to solve problems through multi-sectoral partnership. Let’s be part of the solution,” De Venecia said. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)
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