FOR OFF-SCHOOL BLENDED MODULAR LEARNING
SAN FERNANDO, Cebu (September 15, 2020) — The year 2020 has been a year of challenges and difficult circumstances, no thanks to the crisis brought by the global pandemic following the rapid spread since early in the year of the dreaded corona virus disease of 2019 (CoViD-19).
Among those most affected by quarantines government imposed since March are the children, having limited freedom to go out of their homes and more importantly finding impediments with their studies as they could not attend classes in school.
To continue with their studies, the Department of Education (DepEd) had to resort to blended distance learning techniques for school year 2020-2021 using both the internet, only if possible, and printed modules of the students’ lessons.
While a few students may have internet connection at home, most do not have, especially those living in far-flung areas. Their parents would need to go to school to pick up the modules in all subjects and submit finished works days after.
What made things worse, the schools needed papers to print instructions and worksheets that they needed to send to students who have no means to use the internet, noted Mitzie Almira I. Carin of Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC).
Thus, in giving better substance to Balik Eskwela, SEDC provided the two schools districts of DepEd in San Fernando town with a total of 1,130 reams of bond paper, disclosed Carin, SEDC division manager for human resources and administration.
Her community relations officer Gines T. Boltron turned over the donation earlier today, Sept. 15. at the San Fernando Central School activity hall just as DepEd started to print the modules in time for the Oct. 5 opening of classes in public schools.
“We are with you in this big challenge. You have our support. Remember that asking for our help is part of doing your work if you can’t do it alone,” he said in a message before handing over the supplies.
Dr. Victor Y. Ybañez and Dr. Joel B. Umbay, district supervisors for DepEd San Fernando 1 and 2, received the donation and distributed these during the program to the school principals in their respective district.
“These (donated items) would really help (us) in printing learning materials for the students,” Ybañez said, as Umbay acknowledged the schools lacked resources to produce the modules, noting that “this is truly a great assistance from you.”
Edsel A. Laguda, both as president of the Municipal PTA Federation and as municipal treasurer, representing Mayor Lakambini G. Reluya, witnessed the turnover and thanked SEDC for responding to the “urgent need.”
“Let us work hand in hand in achieving what San Fernando aims for and continue to shine brighter,” he said.
Last year, SEDC with its primary client Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) donated to DepEd San Fernando a 40-seater service bus with a 4-cylinder Isuzu 4HF1 engine for the operations of its two districts and the schools both oversee.
These include 32 schools — 14 in elementary, 10 secondary and eight integrated schools — serving a total of 18,356 students, it was learned.