The government of Manila handed on Wednesday 11,000 laptops; 136,950 tablets; 11,000 pocket WiFi; and 286,000 SIM cards to various representatives as preparation for the upcoming school year. The tools will be further distributed to 11,000 teachers and some 296,000 students in the 100 public schools throughout the city.
Each teacher will receive a laptop and pocket WiFi, while each household will receive a tablet with a SIM card. The SIM cards are to be allotted with 10GB bandwidth monthly. Learners in Kinder to Grade 3 will receive small tablets while those in Grades 4 to 12 will receive big tablets.
Said Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, “Maraming salamat, Yorme [Mayor], sa iyong pagka-aggressive at persistent, and also for informing the public about what local governments and national departments do together and work together for the continuance of education.”
Briones also pointed out how Manila is home to many educational institutions with “the most intense” concentrations of students in the Philippines.
Manila Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan expressed the desire of the local government to address the needs of teachers and learners to continue and finish their studies.
Classes are set to formally open on October 5, under a distance learning approach.