MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) intends to establish a DepEd TV History Channel that will broadcast films and documentaries on Philippine and World History in order to foster historical understanding among Filipino students, instructors, parents, and the general public.
“The Department recognizes the importance and the effectiveness of films and documentaries as learning resources. The creation of the DepEd TV History Channel will make these materials widely accessible to learners and teachers. We, in the Department, are glad to contribute to the vibrant history and identity of the Filipinos,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones stated in a news release issued on Wednesday.
The Office of the Undersecretary for Administration (OUA) will be in charge of reviewing and developing materials for the DepEd TV History Channel, in collaboration with the Office of the Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction (OUCI).
“The ideas and views that the learners may form after watching DepEd TV History Channel serve as their stimulus in improving their conditions and circumstances, in fighting for their rights, in upholding their nationalist aspirations, and in thriving in multi-culturalist societies around the globe,” Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua said.
The preliminary lineup will consist of previously exhibited historical video recordings. DepEd may create additional content in collaboration with other film producers.
The historical films and documentaries will be accessible online via DepEd Commons, DepEd TV YouTube, and, eventually, DepEd EdFlix, a channel for instructional movies and on-demand lectures. Additionally, it will include lessons developed by history professors that pass the Curriculum and Instruction strand evaluation.
Pascua believes that the establishment of the DepEd TV History Channel will serve as a platform for showcasing and cultivating indigenous talent.
“We can also start filmmaking workshops and contests that will produce historical films made by local filmmakers. This is an excellent opportunity for the education sector and the film industry to work together,” he added.
The DepEd TV History Channel’s content will adhere to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board’s criteria.
Moreover, the program viewing hours, time, and schedule will take into account the viewers’ age and grade level.
The Department stated that the time segment for DepEd TV will not overlap and will be asynchronous to the time slot for DepEd History Channel, as DepEd TV is purely for curriculum-based programs. When two channels are accessible, however, a more flexible watching schedule will be allowed.