By Junex Doronio
AFTER GIVING AWAY 220 tablets to students in Benguet and Pampanga provinces, Vice President Leni Robredo has urged rhe Department of Education to provide gadgets to students amid the pandemic.
At the same time, the Vice President cited the health risks and difficulties in the delivery of learning modules.
“Ang problema ng modular, sobrang pagod sa teachers. Hindi lang sobrang pagod, sobrang magastos kasi ang dami mong ipi-print. Dadalhin mo sa mga bahay ng estudyante tapos magpi-pick-up, ikaw. (The problem with modular, it is very tiring for teachers. This is not only tiring, but also costly because you have to print a lot of modules. You have to deliver them to the houses of students, then you have to pick them up yourself),” Robredo stressed during her weekend radio program.
She lamented that some teachers have yet to finish the printing of the learning modules and have them delivered a day before the school opening.
With this plight, Robredo pointed out that it would be better to “give students gadgets in the long run instead of printing the modules for them daily.”
“Mas hindi siya magastos in the sense na wala iyong pang-araw-araw na printing. Ano siya, environment-friendly (It is less expensive in the sense that there is no need to pay for the daily printing costs. It is environment-friendly),” Robredo said.
The Office of the Vice President (OVP), in partnership with the private sector, has distributed 220 free tablet computers to students in at least two provinces.
Among the recipient schools were Don Mariano Marcos Elementary School and Loakan Elementary School in Baguio City; Yagyagan Elementary School in Benguet; and Madapdap High School and Sitio Target Integrated School in Pampanga.
It was gathered that Robredo’s office initiated the Bayanihan E-skwela program for the gadget donation drive, establishment of learning hubs in communities for students without internet access, and production of instructional video series on distant learning for parents and teachers.
At present, the DepEd is reportedly using the existing P500-billion budget to support the basic education-learning continuity plan (BE-LECP).
It was learned that the DepEd has aimed to release P400 billion to fund the teachers’ salaries. From the remaining P100 billion, P9 billion has already been downloaded to schools in various regions as part of their school maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE); P17 billion has been realigned and modified; while P500 million had been earmarked for the reimbursement of the implementation of the minimum health standards. (ia)