The Muntinlupa City government has turned over 2,557 laptops and 28 photocopiers to public school teachers to assist them in distance learning being implemented due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi held the ceremonial turnover to Muntinlupa Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Dominico Idanan and other school principals on Thursday (October 8).
All public school teachers in elementary, junior and senior high schools, including school heads, in Muntinlupa will each receive a brand new laptop with specifications prescribed by the Department of Education. Public schools will get the photocopiers to aid in the printing of modules for distance learning.
“The City Government of Muntinlupa will continue to support our teachers and students to adapt to the changes of the education system, no one will be left behind. We will ensure that everyone can access all kinds of learning modalities whether online or offline,” said Fresnedi.
In addition, students who are in need will get tablets to help them access online learning resources. The city government is awaiting the delivery of the gadgets.
Despite the pandemic, Fresnedi said the city government will continue its Muntinlupa Scholarship Program (MSP).
MSP acting chief Alvin Veron said the scholarship program will synchronize its services with the new academic calendar and there will be adjustments with the distribution of allowance. MSP also plans to implement a cashless disbursement of scholarship allowance starting with senior high school students.
The city government offers a comprehensive educational assistance program to over 71,000 scholars in elementary to college, including technical-vocational, graduate, law, and medicine schools.
Elementary and alternative learning system students in Muntinlupa receive an allowance of up to P4,000 per year while junior high school students get up to P5,000 and senior high school students receive up to P6,000.
Students in state universities and colleges including beneficiaries of the Continuing Assistance for Reintegrating Students Program, receive up to P10,000 per semester depending on their academic performance. Other cash assistance is given to different scholarship categories.