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DepEd NorMin steps up for RBI

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 6, 2020 – Concentrating its efforts on the continuous delivery of quality education in this time of the pandemic, DepEd Region X pushed for the implementation of Radio-Based Instruction (RBI) for distance learning.

As a jumpstart of its Rx ADOBE or Region X Alternative Delivery Of Basic Education, which is captured from the region’s Learning Continuity Plan (LCP), a Webinar on Radio-Based Instruction for Distance Learning was facilitated by the Curriculum and Learning Management Division (CLMD) on June 24-26.

Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO III, regional director, emphasized in his message that being in the education sector, DepEd should not give up chances and opportunities for every single child to be nurtured and to be educated and that education must continue amidst the threat of the pandemic. “Everyone must prepare for the worst,” he added.

Recognizing the need to shift the learning delivery from face-to-face to distance learning, RD Bayocot stressed the importance of communication, collaboration, and engagement of stakeholders, including radio and TV stations, for possible assistance in terms of airing the learning episodes. “Nobody can beat the spirit of collaboration and teamwork,” he added.

In terms of challenges in the use of RBI, RD Bayocot emphasized creating effective collaboration, making pragmatic decisions, and applying a learner-centered approach. He also reminded the participants to be creative in applying the RBI, be mindful of/sensitive to the learners’ performance/feedback, reinforce RBI with other learning modalities, and redesign their program/activity, if necessary.

This regional initiative was backed by the following speakers: Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO III, regional director; Mala Epra B. Magnaong, CLMD chief; Dr. Ray Butch D. Mahinay, regional ALS focal person; Dr. Angelina B. Buaron, education program supervisor in English and overall facilitator of the webinar―all from the CLMD, Regional Office (RO).

Invited speakers were Dr. Maribel G. Valdez, director of the Quality Assurance Office, Bukidnon State University, Malaybalay City; Marvin M. Enderes, professor, Macau Anglican College, Macau, China; Jane Rose F. Abaday, radio jockey, MOR; Richard A. Apresto, vice president for Communication and Media Placement, Goshen Oil Development Corporation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Dr. Valyn Rose Q. Cabañelez, ALS RBI Host, Division of Malaybalay City.

Part of the continuing activities of the RBI Webinar Series are the drafting of RBI scripts in all learning areas based on the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC), validation and trial in their respective divisions, reporting on the results of validation, another webinar on scriptwriting, and coming up with radio segments for use in the coming opening of the school year.

The RBI initiative of the region is inspired by the experience of the Division of Malaybalay City through its Alternative Learning System (ALS) program (in partnership with Bukidnon State University), which has been running for more than 12 years now.

As of this writing, Facebook has recorded more than 45k viewers of the webinar on RBI, which is eyed to streamline in the basic education curriculum. │ Angelina B. Buaron