Makati presents Learning Continuity Plan
Makati Mayor Abby Binay demonstrated the use of the On The Go (OTG) flash drive, a device designed for offline learning of students, before members of the media at Washington Sycip Park in Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati.
The mayor also presented the city’s Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) for school year 2020-2021, which she said was a product of close collaboration between the city government and the City Schools Division of Makati (DepEd-Makati).
“The OTG flash drive is part of the Learner’s Package provided by the city to all public school students in Makati from preschool to senior high school. It is one of the primary tools we came up with to ensure that no student will be left behind as we go through the new normal in education,” Mayor Abby said.
An OTG flash drive contains digitized self-directed modules and video broadcast editions dubbed DepEd-Makati VIBE. It can be used in different gadgets such as cellphones, laptops, desktop computers, ipads, tablets, and smart televisions.
On the other hand, the Learning Continuity Plan addresses both the common and unique needs and concerns of students arising from the adoption of the blended learning approach consisting of online and modular distance learning modalities, she said.
“The plan deals with issues such as limited access to gadgets and internet connectivity. It contains ways and means to ensure continuous learning while keeping our students and teachers safe from COVID-19 infection,” Mayor Abby said.
“It also highlights the role of stakeholders, including teachers, parents, and barangay officials and workers, in the effective implementation of all the programs and initiatives detailed in the LCP. After all, the education of the youth is a shared responsibility which requires no less than the collective effort of all stakeholders,” she added.
The mayor noted that based on the profiling done by DepEd-Makati among over 78,000 public school enrolees and their parents to gauge their readiness for the school opening, 74.9 percent have cellphones which they can use for online learning. Twenty four percent had access to a laptop, tablet or ipad, television or radio, while 1.1 percent had no access to any of the said equipment.
In her previous announcements, Mayor Abby said the city will provide public school teachers and students with a five-hour free internet load daily, and will also distribute over 2,500 laptops to teachers this October.
Earlier this month, the city started distributing the learner’s package to parents and guardians of nearly 85,000 enrolees from preschool to senior high school in the city’s public schools. Each package contains printed modules, a parent’s journal, two washable face masks and one OTG flash drive. Other school supplies such as textbooks and uniforms under Project FREE (Free, Relevant, and Excellent Education) of the city government have also been distributed.
The city has also launched the Makati Mobile Learning Hub Project which seeks to address the needs of students who do not have access to a device or internet connection. Around 27 jeepneys converted into learning hubs, dubbed “Dyipni Maki”, will be dispatched to the barangays from Monday to Saturday. Each unit will be equipped with laptops and internet connection, as well as books and other learning materials.