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Palawan gov’t earmarks P123M to buy gadgets for students

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The Palawan provincial government has committed to allocate more than P123 million for the implementation of the Basic Education- Learning Continuity Plan of the Department of Education in the province.

The province is pouring in a total of P123,275,000 as it highlights that education is a “good investment and remains one of the top priorities” of the administration of Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez.

The amount was sourced from the reprogrammed Special Education Fund (SEF) of the provincial government by virtue of Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 15206, series of 2020 authored by Second District Board Member Ryan D. Maminta.

The provincial government said initiative was made in preparation and anticipation of the school opening slated on August 24, 2020.

The said amount will be utilized for the procurement of 33,320 units of gadgets/tablets to be distributed to learners in the whole province.

The province said that those enrolled in Senior High Schools (SHS) will get the lion’s share of 24,655 units while the remaining 8,665 tablets will be equitably shared to LGUs taking into account the amount of their pledges to the program.

“The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought major changes in the service-delivery of the Department of Education. Given the anticipated disruptions in face-to-face holding of classes, and the need for social distancing, distance learning will be a major component of learning delivery for the incoming school year,” said the Capitol.

“In response to the challenges brought by the current public health crisis, the Department of Education will implement the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan to continue the student’s education amidst the crisis while ensuring the health, safety and well-being of the learners, teachers and personnel,” it added.