IN TIME for the opening of classes on October 5, the Davao City division of the Department of Education (DepEd) will launch “Matuto sa Radyo” (Learn on Radio), a one-hour radio program that features supplemental modules over 10 radio and television networks in the city.

In an online interview on Friday, October 2, Arnold S. Barbasan, who heads the TV-based Instruction and Radio-based Instruction (TVBI-RBI) in Deped-Davao City, said the radio program will aid the self-learning of the students in the new normal of education especially those who live in far-flung areas. He said this is made for students enrolled under the “asynchronous” set-up.

The radio program features five to seven episodes of compressed lessons on various learning areas targeting kindergarten to Grade 12 students. This will be available from 8 to 9 a.m. from Mondays to Fridays over DXGN 89.9 Spirit FM-Davao, DXWT Wild FM Davao 92.3 FM, DXXL iFM Davao 93.9, DXUM Radyo Ukay 819, DXDC 621 RMN Davao, DXLL 94.7 One Radio, DXRD 711 Sonshine Radio, DXRR 1017 Radyo Rapido, Sky Cable Davao and Solar TV.

He also assured these stations will play the materials in broadcast quality as agreed between them and DepEd.

“We are still looking for more stations that are willing to partner with us,” Barbasan said.

The supplemental materials were created by a pool of 30 writers and content producers who were trained by fellow educators. He shared the preparation of the materials took two months and went through a committee tasked to ensure quality.

Barbasan said the agency pushed the initiative to provide students with more and better access to learning. He said radio is “the least, affordable, and free modality that learners in the remote communities can access.”

“This will basically aid our learners. Though this is only supplemental, we make sure that all the audio materials are perpendicularly aligned with the competencies,” he said.

He said this task was challenging for the team who is crafting and producing the content as it needs to be dramatic and enticing to the ears of learners.