Deped to prioritize schools without internet access, electricity under ‘connectivity’ project

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Posted at Jul 02 2020 11:14 AM

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MANILA — Schools without internet access and electricity will be prioritized under the connectivity project of the education department, its undersecretary said Thursday. 

In an interview with ABS-CBN Teleradyo, Undersecretary Alain Pascua said 50 percent of schools in the country does not have internet connection. He added that 3,000 schools in the country do not have electricity.

"Priority natin sa mga paaralan na walang kuryente at walang internet. ‘Yan po ang uunahin natin dahil ‘yung lugar nila ‘yung mga pinakamalalayong lugar, sa mga isla, sa mga bulubundukin, gusto po nating ipaabot sa kanila ‘yung connectivity nang sa ganoon ay masagap naman nila lahat ‘yung mga impormasyon na makukuha nila sa internet,” Pascua told ABS-CBN Teleradyo. 

Pascua said they are finalizing the papers for procurement within the next two weeks and included a minimum internet speed in the paper to consider the needs of teachers to download audio and video content. 

He added that the project will provide solar panels for schools without electricity.

“Fina-finalize na po namin lahat ng papeles para i-procure na natin ‘yan within the next 2 weeks para sa ganoon ay maipatuloy na natin ‘yung pag-connect ng mga schools."

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said in his 14th report to Congress that the said agency is procuring internet connection for more public schools at a P700 million price tag.

He added that the provision of internet access to some 7,000 public schools is expected to be completed in 10 months even as distance learning is set to start in August.