May 23, 2021 – In a move to further bridge literacy gaps, the Department of Education (DepEd) welcomed the addition of Globe eLibrary in the DepEd Commons to expand its readily-available English subject materials.
With this development, DepEd and Globe aim to improve English reading and comprehension skills of Filipino learners and enrich their distance learning experience.
“DepEd Commons will consistently cater to the evolving and fast-changing needs of Filipino learners to meet whatever situation arises. We welcome this added feature as we aim to continuously develop our platform to better serve our learners and teachers,” Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua said.
Globe e-Library’s materials (https://globeelibrary.ph/) will be available on the DepEd Commons (commons.deped.gov.ph), the Department’s open educational resources (OER) platform to support the distance learning implementation.
The said e-Library provides a repository of English classic titles, age-appropriate storybooks, eLearning videos, and other resource materials that can be viewed online or downloaded for later use since students do not have access to traditional libraries at the moment.
“We want to promote the love of reading among the youth so they may achieve their full potential. Reading helps strengthen the brain and build vocabulary, and provides the needed mental exercise for a better understanding of the written word, especially a widely-used foreign language like English,” Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto said.
DepEd Commons currently serves more than 10.5 million unique users nationwide with 4,762 uploaded learning resources.
Usec. Pascua urged learners, parents, and teachers to continuously utilize DepEd Commons as complementary in distance learning.
In partnership with telecommunication companies and in cooperation with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the access to the platform is free of data charge, even if users have no load.
DepEd Commons is spearheaded by the Information and Communications Technology Service headed by Director Abram Y.C. Abanil, under the Administration Strand led by Undersecretary Alain Del B. Pascua and Assistant Secretary Salvador Malana III. It is part of the Public Schools of the Future (PSOF) Framework of the Administration Strand under the leadership of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.