MANILA - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday reminded local government units planning to donate gadgets to public schools to comply with minimum technical specifications set by the Department of Education (DepEd).
The DILG has issued a memorandum circular to local government officials informing them of the minimum technical specifications for donations of gadgets and other learning devices.
Following the specifications will ensure that the donations will not be put to waste, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said.
"We must be sure that they will be utilized. Hence, we encourage our LGUs who are planning to donate ICT equipment to be guided by the technical specs given by DepEd when they make their donation,” Malaya said in a statement.
According to the DILG memorandum, the following are the minimum specs for laptops:
- 1.6Ghz based speed, with turbo speed processor
- 13-inch screen; resolution at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 1080p Anti-Glare LED-Backlit or IPS Techn010U
- 8 QB RAM
- 512 GB HDD SATA storage
- wireless LAN 802.11 b/ g /n/ac Bluetooth connectivity
For tablets, the specs are:
- Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor
- 8-inch diplay; resolution at 800 x 1280 pixels
- 32 GB storage
- 4G LTE (optional, preferred) Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth network connectivity
For smartphones, they must have the following specs:
- Octa-core 2.0 GHz processor
- 6-inch display (IPS LCD type); resolution at 720 x 1520 pixels
- 32 GB storage
- GSM/HSPA/LTE Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth network connectivity
- dual SIM capacity
The DILG also hailed local government officials who have allocated funds for the donation of learning devices to public schools and teachers in light of the education disruption brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Malaya specifically commended Biñan City Mayor Arman Dimaguila, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, and Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto for setting aside funds for learning devices.
"Your donation will go a long way in ensuring the success of the government’s distance education initiatives,” Malaya said.
In-person classes are prohibited when the new school year begins on August 24 to avoid exposing students, teachers, and school personnel to the risk of COVID-19.
Schools are set to use online platforms, printed or digital modules, television, and radio to deliver lessons to students.