Teachers, personnel receive first cycle of regular monthly load from DepEd

Published August 24, 2021, 4:45 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, Aug. 24, formally announced the start of the cycle for regular monthly loads for teachers and personnel after the successful distribution of sim cards to field offices.


“Given the situation, we recognize the need to provide connectivity load for our teachers as support for their passion in teaching amidst the pandemic,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

This, she added, is part of DepEd’s commitment to “deliver the promises” of the Bayanihan 2 Act to its personnel.

The cycle of regular monthly load started on Aug. 3 for the 277,381 DepEd sim cards recipients who have started using connectivity loads in July 2021.

DepEd explained that the rest of the program beneficiaries will have their monthly load on Aug. 25.

“In total, each teacher or personnel will receive a total of 102GB of data that will be rationed over three months at 34GB per month,” DepEd said.


DepEd says delivery of sim cards with connectivity load for personnel now ‘almost complete’

DepEd noted that the Sim Card and Connectivity Load program is designed to have 1GB per day for Daily Data Access specific for eLearning Apps and zero-rated DepEd Apps to ensure optimum usage.

“An additional 4GB per month is provided for Open Data Access for other apps,” DepEd added.

Meanwhile, DepEd explained that the load “will not be dumped on the same day but refreshed daily” to ensure that personnel can maximize the data for the whole month.

“Analytics consumption data show that 1GB per day for 30 days is more than enough to access eLearning apps,” Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua explained.

DepEd furthered that unused data from the plan will be rolled over after the third month and will be loaded as one (1) GB per day until all data allocations are consumed. Unused data must be utilized before its one-year expiration.

To address the concerns of teachers regarding the program, Pascua said that an exclusive DepEd Hotline (#DEPED or #33733) has been set up for the DepEd sim card recipients. For signal coverage concerns, personnel may contact [email protected] or dial #33733 and press 1 for assistance.

Meanwhile, DepEd clarified that its officials and personnel with existing communication subscriptions and allowances are not eligible to be recipients of the sim card and connectivity allowances.