Sky is partnering with the government in strengthening the Department of Education’s (DepEd) distance education program amid the pandemic.
SKY signed memorandums of agreement (MOA) with key DepEd divisions in regional areas, giving schools in Baguio, Laoag, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, General Santos and Zamboanga access to DepEd TV shows on cable.
Under the agreement, SKY will give DepEd TV a dedicated channel which will air lessons every week covering the most essential learning competencies prescribed by the government.
“We are here in support of the vision set out by the secretary that education must continue,” SKYcable president and COO March Ventosa said during the signing ceremony.
Ventosa also thanked DepEd for the opportunity, saying: “SKYcable is here to support the project, provide access to as many homes and students as possible via cable and our WiFi facilities. We’re here to partner with you.”
Meanwhile, in a separate MOA with DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones and Presidential Communications Operations Office Sec. Martin Andanar, SKY has committed to providing 32 DepEd priority schools nationwide a SKY Fiber connection, giving them access to the DepEd classes online.
DepEd aims to present lecture classes courtesy of carefully selected broadcaster-teachers. Teachers underwent a series of training on delivering interactive class episodes for students; helping DepEd in training the educators are broadcasters from major local networks, including ABS-CBN’s Karen Davila, Kim Atienza, Jaque Manabat and Abner Mercado, and Korina Sanchez.