MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno was lauded by Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones for properly coordinating with her department as to the kind of gadgets that should be used for the implementation of blended learning for students amid the pandemic and for even exceeding the minimum requirements set by DepEd.
In an interview, Briones said the city of Manila, through Moreno, has already inquired and sought guidance as to what kinds of devices may be used including the specifications, to meet DepEd standards.
Brione said the DepEd will announce within the week the specified standards for gadgets and devices that are recommended for online learning, noting that there are a lot of offers of affordable tablets going around, since there is a ready market for it. She adds there are set standards like capacity and functions that have to be complied with.
Even before the announcement happens, Briones noted that the Manila city government has already taken the initiative to directly ask the DepEd about the required features of the tablets and computers to be used by students and that, “in-exceed nila ang standard, mas malaki pa ang capacity ng idi-distribute nila.”
Moreno earlier announced that the city government had allotted over P900 million for the purchase of at least 110,000 tablets and 10,000 laptops for the use of public school students from kindergarten to Grade 12 and teachers respectively, along with pocket WiFis.
The mayor said the company that would be chosen to supply the said devices must have enough numbers of service centers to cover the warranty, in case of a defect or malfunction.
The said devices, Moreno added, will form part of city properties and will be returned once the students have finished using them so that others may be able to use them too.