Telco service provider Globe is once again collaborating with the Department of Education and this time around it aims to offer support to the sector by taking care of education advocates, specifically their mental health. 

Through the company’s TAYO Naman! (Tulong, Alaga, Yakap at Oras para sa mga Tagapagtaguyod ng Edukasyon) program, online mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) will be provided to teachers, non-teaching personnel, and parents.

Photo from DepEd Philippines’ Official Facebook Page

The program will be spearheaded by the Department of Education Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service (DepEd-DRRMS), the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) Employee Welfare Division, and Globe’s very own Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) Series on Psychosocial Support Services and Magis Creative Spaces.

It will come in the form of a focused group discussion, which will tackle issues like stress management, health, and coping. The new strategy will aim to strengthen the education sector’s workforce to help it adapt to current and future crises and fully equip DepEd personnel with the appropriate tools to manage the mental toll induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We envision these programs to ultimately benefit students who will get better teaching quality from their teachers, as they venture into another school year within a pandemic,” Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto shared in a statement. 

The TAYO Naman! Program will be conducted online and is divided into a 14-part web seminar series. 

It will start on May 21 and will run every Friday thereafter until August 20. Sessions will start from 8:30 to 10:00 am and will be streamed live on the following Facebook pages: 

  • DepEd Philippines
  • Deped DRRMS
  • Globe Bridgecom

“The purpose of the program is to provide support to teaching and non-teaching personnel through Tulong, Alaga, Yakap at Oras. The concept of ‘nandito kami para sa inyo’. Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones has always communicated that DepEd cares for each and every one of its employees,” Director of DepEd-DRMMS Ronilda Co noted.

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