The Pasig City government on Wednesday turned over the learning devices to the Department of Education (DepEd) division in the city to be used by the city’s public school students and teachers.
The city government has allocated almost P1.3 billion for the purchase of tablet computers and laptops for students and teachers in support of the distancing learning setup this school year.
Amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the DepEd will push through the implementation of the blended learning modality starting October 5.
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto vowed to support the education sector in the city, and noted that the education of children should continue despite the challenges brought about by the health crisis.
On Monday, Sotto reported how the local government spent the P1.3 billion for the purchase of 140,000 tablet computers for public elementary and high school students, 5,225 laptops, and other education-related services.
“So the reason why I am reporting this to you, I want to be transparent to you because the total of all our learning devices, including those in video editing for DepEd and for the making of modules for students, the total of that is P1.3 billion,” Sotto said in a Facebook live.
The mayor previously vowed to provide all of the 138,000 public school students in the city with learning devices.
He assured that the local government has strictly followed the law “so that nothing can be said and everyone knows, even the losing bidders, that we did it fair.”
“We did not favor anyone; P1.3 billion of your money, tax payers money, used wisely, effectively and honestly,” Sotto said.
After the bidding process, the mayor said the local government has a “savings” of about P200 million which will then be used to procure gadgets for transferees and late enrollees of public schools in the city.
“Sana magamit niyo ‘yan bilang motivation sa inyong pag-aaral, na ma-excite kayo na mag-aral sa bagong school year na ito (I hope you can use that as motivation in your studies and to make you excited to study in this new school year),” Sotto said.
“Hindi po ito gastos (This is not a waste of money). This is an investment for the next generation of Pasigueños,” he added.