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DepEd Tarlac, Congressman Charlie Cojuangco and Radyo Pilipino, Tie up for Aral TarlakHenyo

To address the issue of the high cost of printing of module materials, the Schools Division of the Department of Education in Tarlac and Tarlac First District Congressman Charlie O. Cojuangco came up with the idea of putting up Project SHINE (School-Home Integration of RBI in the New Normal Education) Tarlakenyo sa Radyo Pilipino dubbed as Aral TarlakHenyo.

The idea was formalized during a meeting between Congressman Charlie Cojuangco, DepEd Regional Office III Director Dr. May B Eclar and DepEd Schools Division Superintendent for Tarlac Province Dr. Ronaldo A. Poson.

Starting February 1,2021, Aral TarlakHenyo will be aired over DZTC 828 AM Radyo Pilipino Tarlac and RTV Tarlac Channel 26 and via Facebook live streaming from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Required lessons of Grades 4 and 5 in the elementary and Grades 8 and 9 in the Junior High School levels will be broadcasted live every day from Monday to Friday. The lessons are based on the so-called Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs).

With around 150,000 learners from the SDO Tarlac Province per quarter, weekly printing of modules for the Modular Distance Learning (MDL) can cost a lot. Printing cost is sometimes shouldered by the teachers themselves. Project SHINE, through its Aral TarlakHenyo radio and TV programs, hopes to address the challenges currently faced by the teachers and learners.

Based on the inventory of availability of Learners’ Materials (LMs), which is also the textbook used by the learners in public schools, it showed that a higher percentage of Grades 4, 5, 8, & 9 LMs was found than the other grade levels. This was the reason why the mentioned grade levels were selected in this project.

Dr. Eclar advocates a paperless delivery of lessons, less paper will be utilized in printing the learning materials since only the unified Learning Activity Sheets (LAS) will be printed by each school. As such, four (4) grade levels will be deducted from the total of Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K to 12) learning areas which are supposed to be printed. The budget intended for printing these four (4) grade levels will be allocated to the rest of the grade levels resolving budget constraints issue. To apply the said block grade levels, all subjects of the four grade levels shall be broadcast over DZTC Radyo Pilipino Tarlac 828 Khz AM and RTV Tarlac Channel 26 owned and operated by the Radyo Pilipino Media Group.

Cong. Charlie Cojuangco said that this project will benefit learners in the province of Tarlac. While this pandemic has temporarily stopped students from attending physical classes, this endeavor will hopefully help the students catch up with their lessons. “Aral TarlakHenyo on DZTC Radyo Pilipino Tarlac and RTV Tarlac Channel 26 is a perfect venue for Tarlac DepEd to reach students provincewide. This program will bridge the learning gap brought by the pandemic in educating our children,” Congressman Cojuangco said.

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