The city government of San Juan turned over tablets and learning equipment to its public school students in preparation for the blended and distance learning.
Mayor Francis Zamora said the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has provided the city government with 12,500 tablet computers and 1,000 laptops accompanied by 1,000 pocket Wi-Fis, which will be distributed to nine public elementary schools and three public high schools within the city.
Zamora said all public school students will each receive one tablet computer, while students from Grades 3 to 6 of Pinaglabanan Elementary School will receive laptops and pocket Wi-Fis.
“They have different curriculum using the digital learning-based system which will be implemented by the DICT and DepEd [Department of Education],” Zamora said.
Zamora said DICT has chosen the Pinaglabanan Elementary School to pilot its first digital learning system project.
“We are very thankful for them for choosing San Juan City as the pilot area for their Free wi-fi program and we are very thankful that they chose the Pinaglabanan Elementary School as a pilot school for the digital learning,” he added.
The DICT earlier trained San Juan teachers on the use of the education technology software and navigating the government-issued learning devices.
“Ang kabuuang pondo po na nagamit dito ay nagmula po sa DICT, wala pong pondo na nanggaling sa San Juan local government kaya kami po nagpapasalamat sa DICT (This is all funded by the DICT, there was none from the San Juan local government, that’s why we are very thankful to the DICT),” Zamora said.
Meanwhile, DICT Sec. Gregorio Honasan said the project is part of the national government’s efforts to “ensure the safety of educators and learners amid the pandemic”.
He added that the project is part of the department’s augmentation efforts to the education sector which is addressing concerns amid the shift to distance learning.
Zamora and Honasan also led the ceremonial turnover of the electronic learning packages to the teachers and parents.
Source: Philippines News Agency