BACOLOD CITY–The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has denied the request of the Local School Board to put up and operate a 100-watt radio station to be used for its radio-based instruction for students in Bacolod City.
In a letter to Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran dated January 21, 2021, NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said that while they recognize the value of the request in pursuit of education, “broadcast frequency is a very limited natural resource, which the NTC cannot afford to assign to each and every school.”
The Bacolod City Local School Board had earlier requested for the installation and operation of a non-commercial FM broadcast radio station/educational broadcast station to be used as an alternative platform in the delivery of education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The NTC and the Department of Education have been in constant coordination to ensure continuity of providing quality education through the use of Cable TV and broadcasting facilities. We strongly suggest that your Local School Board coordinate with the DepEd Central Office for guidance and with the Philippine Broadcasting Services (PBS), a government radio broadcast station, for possible affiliation,” Cordoba added.
Despite the setback, Councilor Renecito Novero, chairperson of the Committee on Education, on Tuesday said they are still thankful that one of the local radio stations in Bacolod accommodated the DepEd program for free.
Currently, the DepEd Bacolod City division utilizes blended or distant learning, which they find to be sufficient and effective.
“So we will concentrate on this—modular distance learning—for our students,” Novero said.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DepEd adopted three learning modalities: modular distance learning, which uses self-learning modules in printed or digital format; online distance learning, which uses the Internet in downloading learning materials and uploading homework; and radio/TV-based instruction for learners who have no Internet connectivity./(Eugene Y. Adiong/INews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)