THE P130-million contract for laptops and other IT equipment to support the Mandaue City Government’s “new normal” education efforts is up for bidding.
During his State of the City Address on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, Mayor Jonas Cortes vowed to allocate the amount to help the local school division educate students in the current set-up.
In an interview with John Eddu Ibañez, Cortes’ executive secretary, he said the procurement of IT equipment, such as laptops and tablets, will help teachers and students keep up with the distance learning educational system.
According to Ibañez, the City Government will fast-track the procurement so the IT equipment will be ready before classes start on Oct. 5.
The P130 million will be obtained from the Special Education Fund, he said.
The laptops and tablets will benefit public elementary and high school students in the city. However, Ibañez said not all teachers and students will get a gadget. He said the City will prioritize those who do not have resources to purchase their own laptops or tablets.
Ibañez said the number of of laptops and tablets to be purchased has not yet to be determined.
“The new normal learning system is very difficult for the teachers and students if we, the City, will not give assistance,” said Ibañez in Cebuano.
Last month, the Department of Education of Mandaue City reported a total of 63,353 students enrolled in 27 public elementary schools, 18 public junior high schools and 11 public senior high schools. (KFD)