Rep. Jasmine Lee and members of The 601 Habit prepare the desktop computers donated by TSIS to Philippine schools.
MANILA, Philippines - A South Korean company has donated 50 used computers to several schools in the Philippines.
Six schools in the Philippines received the desktop computers from TSIS. The computers were used by TSIS engineers for three years.
"Our engineers need high specifications (for the computers). Three-year-old computers are old for them but they are still good for ordinary users. The second-hand ones are still good enough so we try to find the proper organization that will benefit from these old computers," TSIS chief executive officer Ted Kang.
Kang said the company believes students should have same opportunities when it comes to education. This is why they chose to donate the computers to schools in the Philippines.
"Nowadays, the quality of education is not just about books anymore. Students need to be connected to the world. If they are isolated they will be behind," he said.
TSIS chief executive officer Ted Kang
While the computers are 3 years old, Kang noted these have been specially developed by Korean experts.
"They are not like empty brand new computers. Korean IT experts developed, planned and researched using these computers. They made software that are used in companies and organizations," he said.
TSIS donated the computers to The 601 Habit, a group of Filipinas based in Seoul, who in turn facilitated the transfer of these to the Philippine schools.
The 50 computers were sent to the following schools:
Capitolina O. Legaspi National High School in Sitio Purok, Barangay Malinta in Masbate City
Generoso Villanueva Sr. National High School, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Don Amadeo Perez National High School, Binmeckeg Sison, Pangasinan
Tictapul National High School, Tictapul, Zamboanga City
Sto. Nino Catholic School, McLain Buenavista, Guimaras Province.
Maragusan Central Elementary School, Compostela Valley
Kang said the donation is part of TSIS' corporate social responsibility efforts.
"We hope it’s not a one time event. We hope to continue annually or bi-annually. We do remember that you sent us troops during the Korean War. This is just a small donation," he said, referring to the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea which was sent to fight in the Korean War (1950–1953).