Globe Telecom backs proposal to put up cell sites in public schools

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2020 01:18 PM

MANILA - Globe Telecommunications said Friday it could build cell sites in public schools to provide internet access to teachers and students.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian earlier proposed putting up cell sites in public schools to ensure continued education of students even as physical classes are still barred because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Kami ay sang-ayon diyan. Alam niyo naman na ang ating nagiging problema is actually the permit. Kung tayo po ay papayagan, tayo po ay puwede naman mag-build," Yoly Crisanto, Globe senior vice president for corporate communications, said at government's Laging Handa briefing.

(We agree with that but the problem is actually the permit. If we will be allowed, we can build cell sites.)

The Ayala-led telco is also ready to assist the Department of Education (DepEd) in the shift to blended learning for the upcoming school year, Crisanto said. Classes are set to open on Aug. 24.

"We also have to realize that in order to help the department, kailangan din natin tignan ano ang challenges ng public at ng private schools kasi magkaiba po sila," she said.

(We need to look at the challenges of public and private schools because these are different.)

Education officials earlier said the DepEd is in talks with telco companies over connectivity needs for the upcoming school year.