The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has turned over tablets, laptops, and pocket Wi-Fi gadgets to the San Juan City local government to be distributed to the city’s K-12 public school students to help them in their online learning classes.
A total of 12,500 tablets, 1,000 laptops, and 1,000 pocket WiFis were turned over to the LGU by the DICT this month.
“I am very happy to finally complete the turnover of all the promised gadgets to our students who patiently waited. We hope that these gadgets (will) make it easier for them to adjust to the new normal mode of education,” San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said.
“This is not the end of our support to our beloved students in this time of the pandemic. Expect more announcements in the coming days, this time regarding the internet for their online education.” he added.
Zamora thanked DICT Secretary Gringo Honasan for the agency’s support to San Juan such as making the city as DICT’s pilot city for its “WiFi For All Program,” choosing Pinaglabanan Elementary School as its pilot school for distance learning, and providing laptops for its Grade 3-6 students.
On April 13, the DICT chose San Juan to be its pilot city as it launched the Vaccine Information Management System Immunization Registry (VIMS-IR), the country’s primary immunization registry to streamline the vaccine registration process of the country and further boost the speed of the updating of records of vaccinated residents which will then be sent to the Department of Health (DOH) for real time tallying.
“I would like to thank Sec. Gringo Honasan and the entire DICT team for their commitment to helping me fulfill my goal of making San Juan a Smart City. They have been tirelessly working and helping us even during this pandemic,” Zamora said.
While 12,500 students will get the tablets, 1,000 students from Grades 3 to 6 of Pinaglabanan Elementary School will receive laptops and pocket WiFi as part of the agency’s Digital Education Program.
To ensure that the beneficiaries will be responsible for their gadgets, parents will sign a letter of undertaking that says they are responsible for the gadget’s upkeep.
If broken and still under warranty, DepEd San Juan will cover for the repair. Once the students graduate, they will have to return the tablet or laptop which will then be given to another student.
Zamora said that they have provided all 375 public school teachers in San Juan City with laptops in January, 2020, giving a 1:1 ratio for public school teachers as part of the Smart City program.
He said that the educational tools will soon be distributed to the students.