To increase learners’ historical awareness, the Department of Education is developing a television history channel. The Department of Education (DepEd) plans to launch a DepEd TV History Channel to promote historical understanding among Filipino students, teachers, parents, and the general public. The channel would play films and documentaries about Philippine and world history.
“The Department understands the value and usefulness of films and documentaries as educational tools. These materials will be widely accessible to learners and teachers thanks to the establishment of the DepEd TV History Channel. Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said, “We are pleased to contribute to the vivid history and identity of the Filipinos.”
The Office of the Undersecretary for Administration (OUA) will be in charge of the DepEd TV History Channel, which will be reviewed and developed in collaboration with the Office of the Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction (OUCI).
“The ideas and views that learners may form after watching DepEd TV History Channel serve as a stimulus in improving their conditions and circumstances, fighting for their rights, upholding their nationalist aspirations, and thriving in multi-culturalist societies around the world,” noted Undersecretary Alain Del B. Pascua.
The initial lineup will be made up of historical video materials that have already been exposed to the public. Other content could be created by the Department of Education in collaboration with other filmmakers.
The historical films and documentaries will be available on DepEd Commons, DepEd TV YouTube, and DepEd EdFlix, a platform for educational movies and lessons on demand, in the coming months. It will also include history instructors’ lessons that will pass the Curriculum and Instruction strand’s review.
The formation of the DepEd TV History Channel, according to Undersecretary Pascua, can be a platform for showcasing and cultivating indigenous talent.
“We may also organize filmmaking workshops and competitions to develop historical documentaries by local filmmakers. He went on to say, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the education sector and the film business to collaborate.”
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board will oversee the content for the DepEd TV History Channel (MTRCB).
Meanwhile, program viewing hours, times, and schedules will take into account the viewers’ age and grade level.
Furthermore, while DepEd TV is solely for curriculum-based programs, the Department stated that the time slot for DepEd TV will not interfere with and will be asynchronous to the time slot for DepEd History Channel. When two channels are accessible, however, a more flexible watching schedule will be conceivable.