The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday (June 11) reiterated that they do not accept cash donations for their online learning aid.
The Education Department is already partnering with various individuals, groups, and organizations who are willing to donate cellphones and tablets before classes resume on August 24.
Meanwhile, the department continues to give priority to families with no internet access and gadget to receive digital equipment.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said having free WiFi access will also help students for their online classes.
“All of us know that we do not have full connectivity in all places of the Philippines and this is why we are also supporting your bill for the free wifi, for example to make it available of free use of facilities for DepEd Commons from the servers themselves,” she said.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gregorio Honasan already signed a memorandum order to expedite the implementation of free wifi access for teachers and students.
The DICT currently targets 2,527 live sites in public schools and 1,804 live sites in state universities, and in Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) institutions before the year ends. —AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
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