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Smart-backed learning program aims to help Butuan’s ‘second-chance’ learners

To help the Department of Education (DepEd) – Alternative Learning System (ALS) of Butuan City continue teaching in the new normal, Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) conducted an online workshop on the implementation of the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP).

Forty-nine mobile teachers and education program specialists joined the first run of the virtual training, dubbed as DLP In Action.

The CVIF-DLP is an innovative teaching pedagogy developed by Ramon Magsaysay Awardees and physicists, Dr. Chris Bernido and Dr. M. Victoria Carpio-Bernido. It is recognized by the DepEd as a Flexible Learning Option to hone students to be independent learners, as they continue their studies at home even with limited or no access to digital tools and internet, and with the minimal teacher and parent intervention.


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DLP in Action’s first virtual workshop facilitated by Dr. Ray Butch Mahinay, Regional ALS Focal Person of DepEd Region X, taught the Butuanon ALS educators how they could create their own Learning Activity Sheets (LAS). He also shared the best practices of DepEd ALS Region 10 and how DLP’s independent learning strategy has previously helped ALS mobile teachers in the region.

“DLP is proven as a crisis-resilient approach,” said Dr. Mahinay referring to how it worked for students affected by Typhoon Sendong in 2011 and the Zamboanga siege in 2013.

DepEd-ALS Butuan is the first beneficiary of the DLP In Action online training following the Smart-led web conference dubbed No Learner Left Behind: Education For All In The New Normal. With over 400,000 views throughout its 3-day run, the virtual event was made possible by DepEd, PLDT-Smart Foundation, Gabay Guro, AHA Learning Center, Save The Children Philippines, World Vision Philippines, and Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation.

“We’ve supported the CVIF-Dynamic Learning Program for over 10 years now because it provides concrete, tried-and-tested solutions to the problems faced by the education sector, to ensure that no learner will get left behind,” said Stephanie Orlino, AVP for Community Partnerships, Smart Communications.