SEN. Grace Poe recently held a unique celebration fit to commemorate the 81st birthday of her late father, National Artist for Films and the King of Philippines Movies, Fernando “Da King” Poe, Jr.
Instead of having a lavish party, which is not possible in this time of pandemic, the lady senator donated 50 electronic tablets to poor students who will shift to the online and blended learning being adapted in the “new normal.”
“Tiyak kong matutuwa si FPJ para sa tulong na ito sa mga kabataang lubos na nangangailangan lalo na ngayong tayo’y may kinakaharap na malaking health crisis. Noong siya’y nabubuhay pa, madalas niyang sabihin at ipakita na mas malapit sa puso niya ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan,” (I am sure FPJ will be delighted in this assistance to the poor students who badly need this especially now that we are facing a health crisis. When he was still alive, he often said and showed that the less fortunate members of our society are close to his heart), said Poe.
She donated the Cherry Mobile tablets to Don Quintin Paredes High School in Quezon City to be distributed to its students. Ernest Ferrer Jr., the school principal accepted the gadgets from the lady senator, who was with her son Brian Poe Llamanzares and her chief of staff and Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Sotto.
“Higit lahat sa panahong ito, hindi dapat maiwan sa pag-aaral ang mga kapuspalad nating estudyante dahil lang wala silang kakayahang bumili ng sarili nilang tablet para sa online education,” (More than anything in the situation we have now, the welfare of our poor students should not be left behind just because they do not have the means to buy their own gadget for their online education),” added the senator who used to be a teacher, too.
Since there will be no face-to-face classes to keep the students from the infection of COVID-19, the Department of Education (DepEd) has to embrace the alternative distance learning this coming school year, which is set to start on October 5. The tablets which the Sen Grace distributed will greatly help the needy students.
The lady senator said that the cooperation among the different groups and individuals towards an aim to help the needy had been a long advocacy of the late action star.
“Sa kanyang mga pelikula noon, siya man ang pinakabida pero ipinapakita rin na kailangan niya ang tulong ng mga tao, ng mga ordinaryong tao, para magtagumpay. Ganyan din tayo ngayon, kailangan nating magsama-sama para makabalikwas mula sa problemang dulot ng COVID-19,” (In all his films, he was always the hero but he showed that he always needed the help of the ordinary people to be successful. That is how we are today, we need to be together so we can get away with the problem brought by COVID 19), Sen Grace said.