Valenzuela City grants 24,000 smart tablets to students

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CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian this week led the distribution of 24,000 tablets to public elementary and high school students in the city.

Part of the local government's Education 360 Degrees Investment Program, the city prioritized indigent students, or those who do not have appropriate gadgets for online class. 

“After going through a strict and stringent procurement process, as well as importation process, this week, we will release 24,000 smartphones to our students in our public schools who stated that they do not have any handheld device during enrollment,” Mayor Rex said during the distribution event.

Parents and guardians of public elementary and high school students who have no gadgets for online classes will be receiving their own tablets in designated public schools in Valenzuela City.

Based on the enrollment declaration by the Department of Education (DepEd) Valenzuela last year, it was revealed that 24,000 out of 130,000 public elementary and high school learners in Valenzuela City do not have a smartphone or a gadget to be used for online classes.

DepEd Valenzuela, on its verification process, was also able to find out that the student beneficiaries "have no capacity to purchase their own smartphones in preparation for the online class which started last October 2020."

After hearing this, and with conviction, Mayor Rex allocated P69 million for the procurement of the said tablets.

The distributed tablets can be used for watching lessons in the city’s very own Valenzuela LIVE Online Streaming School, as well as catching up with their lessons and watching educational videos.

The City Government of Valenzuela and DepEd Valenzuela also remind its "beloved Batang Valenzuelanos" to take care and value the tablets, "just as the local government values their education."

"The tablets should be used for the specified purpose of participating in online and follow-up discussions only and to also make sure that the gadget should be secured safely," the local government said.

"Making sure that no student is left behind in quality education as part of its Education 360 Degrees Investment Program, the City granted the needs of Valenzuelano students – helping pave way for students to learn better at their own homes, and in the safety of being with their families," it added. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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