LGUs planning to donate gadgets to schools should follow DepEd technical specs – DILG

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGU) that are planning to donate tablets and other learning gadgets to their respective public schools should comply with the minimum technical specifications set by the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday.

“We all want to help our schools, especially our teachers and learners, cope and adjust with the new normal in education brought about by the pandemic but we don’t want these expensive gadgets to go to waste. We must be sure that they will be utilized,” DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

“Hence, we encourage our LGUs who are planning to donate ICT equipment to be guided by the technical specs given by DepEd when they make their donation,” he added.

In a recently issued memorandum circular, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año informed all LGUs of the DepEd’s minimum technical specifications.

According to the DILG Memorandum, the following are the minimum specs for laptops:

  • Processor with 1.6Ghz Based Speed, with Turbo Speed
  • Screen size of 13 inches, Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 1080p Anti-Glare LED-Backlit or IPS Techn010U;
  • Memory of 8 QB RAM
  • Storage of 512 GB HDD SATA
  • Connectivity of Wireless LAN 802.11 b/ g /n/ac Bluetooth

The following are the minimum specs for tablets:

  • Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor
  • A display size of 8 inches
  • Display resolution of 800 x 1280 Pixels
  • Storage of 32 GB; and
  • A 4G LTE (Optional, Preferred) Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth network

Meanwhile, the following are the minimum specs for smartphones:

  • Must have an Octa-core 2.0 GHz processor
  • A display size of 6 inches
  • A display type of IPS LCD Display
  • Display resolution of 720 x 1520 Pixels
  • Storage of 32 GB
  • Network of GSM / HSPA / LTE Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth; and
    Must have dual SIM

LGUs were also advised against purchasing Microsoft Office as DepEd will facilitate the installation of the said software given that they have a special Volume Licensing Agreement with Microsoft.

Malaya also said that DepEd can arrange an “‘Email of Eligibility” for LGU-donors from Microsoft that can be provided to manufacturers to build fresh devices with discounted Windows 10 Operating System.

“LGUs may provide ICT gadgets to schools by way of a Deed of Donation, or by common datum through a written agreement in favor of the Schools Division Office (SDO) or the public schools themselves,” he said.

 “This is for purposes of proper recording and accountability,” he added.

The DILG, meanwhile, lauded some LGUs that have allocated funds for the donation of gadgets to public schools and teachers to help them learn and work from home in this time of pandemic.

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