Senator Pacquiao ‘buys’ 13 TV channels for poor students

Senator Pacquiao ‘buys’ 13 TV channels for poor students


By Junex Doronio

COULD BE 13 JABS for the 2022 presidency when the world boxing champ-cum-Senator Manny Pacquiao moved to shoulder the cost of operations for the 13 television channels to help the poor students that have no gadgets in places that are also inacessible to quality internet connection.

As one who rose from poverty, the senator said he is well aware of the difficulties being encountered by both parents and students and even teachers amid the pandemic.

“Alam ko din na hindi pa 100% coverage ‘yang internet natin sa Pilipinas, kaya kahit me pambili ka ng laptop o gadget, hindi ka pa din nakakasiguro na aabot sa ‘yo ang mga aralin buhat sa DepEd,” Pacquiao said in his emailed statement.

It can be recalled that the Department of Education (DepEd) was compelled to move the opening of the school year 2020-2021 to October 5 from August 24 following the request of several sectors in the absence of a medicine and vaccine for the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“Sa tulong ng mga nasa industriya ng telecommunications, nagawan namin ng paraan para may magamit na 13 TV channels ang DepEd nang walang gastos sa gobyerno at mga estudyante. Kaya wala nang dahilan para hindi matuloy ang pag-aaral ng mga bata ngayong darating na pasukan,” Pacquiao stressed.

The senator’s office revealed that the proposal has already been submitted to DepEd.

Despite the uncertainties facing the online distance learning, thevDepEd claimed in its data that over 24 million students have enrolled for the upcoming school year.

With the unstable internet connection, the DepEd has since rolled out television programs for students, with 27 professional teachers hired to serve as broadcasters.

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