Vice President Leni Robredo’s office has started the distribution of free gadgets to students from two public schools in Pampanga for the coming school year.
Robredo said her office has already handed over 110 tablets to Madaldap High School and Sitio Target Integrated School through its “Bayanihan E-skwela” program.
These gadgets were donated by a company who is member of AMCHAM to help students in preparation for the shift to blended learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
The vice president launched a gadget donation drive for students in need of laptops, smartphones, and computers in time for the school opening on October 5.
Robredo said the recipient public schools were chosen by the private donor.
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) plans to distribute more donated gadgets in other parts of the country as opening of the classes nears.
This week, Robredo said, “we will deliver (tablets) to Don Mariano Marcos Elementary School in Baguio and Yagyagan Elementary School in Tuba, Benguet.”
The tablet computers will likewise be given to Loakan Elementary School, also in Baguio, and in Zamboanga, she added.
Part of the Bayanihan E-skwela initiative is the establishment of learning hubs in communities for students without internet access and production of instructional video series on distant learning for parents and teachers.
Robredo has called for capacity-building programs, training for teachers, and other measures to help schools meet the requirements of blended learning.