NGO to give 40 tablets, 10 smartphones to poor studes

August 02, 2020

AS the Department of Education (DepEd) will implement “blended learning” for the upcoming school year , a non-government organization (NGO) will give additional 40 tablets and  ten smartphones to underprivileged students to continue their education amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The DepEd proposed the “blended learning” scheme, where learning modules will be delivered to students’ homes and to utilize television, radio, and the internet as media of instruction, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat rages on.

Opening of classes is slated for August 24 this year, while “remote enrollment” started on June 1.

The Malasakit Movement earlier received 50 tablets  and 20 smartphones from generous donors, mostly entrepreneurs.

The 40 tablets and 10 smartphones were purchased by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Assistant Secretary  Celine Pialago, who is also the founder of the Malasakit Movement.

"I really want to help, that's why I took some from my salary to purchase these educational gadgets. There are so many worthy students writing to the Letter of Hope program of the Malasakit Movement," she said.

According to Pialago, she paid P200,000 to purchase the additional educational gadgets that the Malasakit Movement will give through the Letter of Hope program.

Malasakit Movement's Letter of Hope program seeks to provide educational gadgets to underprivileged students to help them cope with the new normal for the continuity of their education.

To apply for the program, the NGO said students must send them a letter to the Malasakit Movement's official Facebook page

( https://www.facebook.com/malasakitmovement/).

"They should write a letter sent to the Malasakit Movement's official Facebook page. They should justify why they should receive the free gadgets we are giving away," Pialago said.

Moreover, Pialago said teachers of underprivileged students may write a letter to the NGO to ask on behalf of their students who they deem need it the most.