BUSINESS process management firm 1&1 Ionos donated 120 personal computers (PCs) to a state college and two public schools in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu as part of the company's much-needed support to education especially in the time of pandemic.
Debra Sitoy, head of human resource of 1&1 IONOS, said the plan to donate PCs to the schools was decided even before the pandemic.
"It's our way of promoting our advocacy which is education, so it's not unfamiliar to other people that companies like us hire fresh graduates. It's our way of bridging the gap in ensuring that we have quality students who are ready for work or employment," Sitoy told SunStar Cebu.
Sitoy said their company located in Cebu IT Park, Apas, Cebu City, continued to operate despite the pandemic and did not have to face any situation where they had to let go of employees.
"What's more important and critical at this time is we stay committed to health and safety protocol so half of our employees are working from home while those who have poor to no connection are the ones working onsite," she said.
She said the IT-BPM industry can be considered as an essential part and the frontliners of the economy because companies continue to operate to keep the economy afloat.
The company personally handed 50 PCs to the Cebu Technological University-Main Campus on Sept. 18, 2020, to Dr. Joseph Pepito, the campus director.
Pepito thanked the company for the donation, saying the computer units are vital for the students' laboratory use.
"We will use it for our Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics, which is the newest program that we have and only CTU offers that course in the Visayas. It is all about robotics," he said.
Pepito said with the state college's achievements, 1&1 Ionos' donated PCs will become a huge part in their students' learning journey.
The campus director said the educational institution's student population increased because the school is subsidized by the government including miscellaneous fees.
With the current educational setup, the school also provided free connectivity kits to the students to still engage in classes despite the pandemic.
Aside from CTU, the other recipients of the personal computers are the Tipolo National High School in Mandaue City and Pusok Elementary School in Lapu-Lapu City. SPONSORED CONTENT