The efforts of the Department of Education (DepEd) to upskill public school teachers to improve the quality of education in the country continue to get support especially from the private sector.


To help enhance the skills of public school teachers, Globe has tapped non-profit groups Habi Education Lab and Teach for the Philippines (TFP) to create educational materials designed to further enhance the skills of public school teachers especially on digital learning.

Habi, a partner of Globe for three years now, collaborates with various organizations within and outside the education sector to build workshops, curricula, learning resources, programs, and platforms that improve how people learn.

Award-winning TFP, on the other hand, works to provide Filipino children with an inclusive, relevant, and excellent education.

The partnerships with Habi and TFP is part of Globe’s Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) Program which for this school year  is focused on supporting public school teachers with the shift to remote and distance learning.

As a systems-strengthening program, the GFT learning goals are aligned with the Learning Continuity Plan and Professional Development priorities of the DepEd.

“Globe is one with DepEd in upskilling public school teachers to keep up with the demands of the school year in this new normal,” said Globe SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer Yoly Crisanto. “And through our  partnerships with training institutions and professional organizations, we hope to do our part in preparing our teachers for 21st century learning,” she added.

Together with Globe, Habi has created a six-part learning series which includes a blend of live sessions streamed on Facebook and downloadable self-paced materials for teachers to apply into practice.

The sessions are all relevant to the new learning delivery modalities of DepEd and are focused on helping teachers reflect and analyze their own strengths, gaining empathy for learners, building well-designed lessons, providing best practices in using digital learning resources, and identifying ways to continue practicing learning experience design.

“We believe in the creativity and talents of teachers,” Habi Education Lab Learning Experience Designer and Executive Director Gerson Abesamis. “But in order to maximize technology, they have to believe in themselves first,” he added.

Abesamis noted that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more teachers are getting tired from all the expectations and responsibilities  brought by remote learning.

“So we started our webinar series with reflections and confidence-building activities,” Abesamis said. “We wanted to introduce new possibilities of teaching with technology, while still keeping them within a place where they can thrive,” he added.

 Similar to Habi, TFP assists in ensuring learning continuity among public school students by equipping teachers and school leaders with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to overcome the challenges posed by an unprecedented school year mired by a global pandemic.

“Teachers make the success of our students’ development possible, especially now, our teachers, along with parents and guardians, have become frontliners in education,” TFP Marketing and Events Director Angel Ramos said.

 “Together, they are leading the charge in ensuring that our students continue to learn, despite the challenges brought about by distance learning,” Ramos explained. “It is incumbent upon us to equip our frontliners with as much support as we can provide,” she added.

Source: Manila Bulletin (