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Manila, QC Local Gov’ts to Provide Teachers, Students, with Laptops for SY 2020-2021

The local governments of Manila and Quezon City will be providing both teachers and students with gadgets to be used for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno made the announcement on Friday, June 5, saying that their local government would be using P994 million to make available 110,000 tablets and 11,000 laptops. The tablets will be given to public school students in the Kinder up to Grade 12 levels, while the laptops would be given to public school teachers. The tablets will each come equipped with a sim card, a monthly load of 10 gigabytes worth of data, as well as free 2 gigabytes for YouTube use. On the other hand, pocket WiFis would be also be loaded monthly for the public school teachers.

“Bibili tayo ng 110,000 na tablet para sa mga batang Maynila,” said Moreno. “Walang [gastos] na ang mga magulang.”

(We will purchase 110,000 tablets for Manila’s youth. Parents won’t need to spend for anything.”

Ma’am, sir, mga teacher, ‘wag kayong mag-alala,” he added. “May laptop kayong lahat. Bibili tayo ng 11,000 para sa lahat.”

(Ma’am, sir, teachers, don’t worry. You will all be provided laptops. We will buy 11,000 [laptops] for everyone.)

Meanwhile, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte shared that the city would use its approved supplemental budget worth P2.9 billion to provide gadgets, modules, and Internet connectivity for its 430,000 public school students. 155,921 enrolled junior high school students and 19,819 enrolled senior high school students will receive tablets, while Kinder and elementary school students will receive learning kits.

“We are adjusting our budget to ensure that our children will continue learning despite the sudden shift from traditional to alternative learning modalities,” said Belmonte.

The Manila and Quezon City government’s provision of gadgets and educational materials is a response to the Department of Education’s “blended learning” approach, which taps into television, radio, electronic, and online media to teach students.

The Department of Education (DepEd) announced in May that classes for the 2020-2021 school year are set to open on August 24, a decision which was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on May 11. The school year is set to run from August 24, 2020, to April 30, 2021.

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