PLDT donates computers as support to DepEd's Brigada Eskwela

Ahead of the start of another schoolyear amid the pandemic, PLDT turned over refurbished personal computers to the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division of Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, boosting the latter’s efforts to enable teachers to provide students with quality education through the Brigada Eskwela program.

Part of a broad and long-standing program to support the education sector amid the unrelenting pandemic and in line with its core value of malasakit, PLDT’s donation of six personal computers will be allocated to the following schools in Himamaylan: two for the Magsaha Elementary School, Brgy. Caradio-An; two for Don Marcelo G. Vasquez Elementary School, Brgy. Nabalian; and two for the DepEd Schools Division Office.  The refurbished PCs will be used by teachers who conduct the blended learning mode of teaching, for online communication with students, as well as for teachers’ webinars.

At the Brigada Eskwela virtual kick off ceremonies, Himamaylan Schools Division Superintendent Reynaldo G. Gico, EdD, CESO VI, explained that “This activity paves the way of building synergy and strong partnership for the DepEd family especially SDO Himamaylan City to fulfill its promise to schools to constantly nurture and serve our schoolchildren.” He exhorted the DepEd and its partners to work together, saying “Let us together put our efforts and resources for education to continue reaching the beacon of excellence.”

PLDT has been supporting DepEd’s National Brigada Eskwela, which, this year, “focuses on the preparations and partnership activities that will support the implementation of the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) including the multiple learning delivery modalities.”

Shown at the turnover of the personal computers to the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division of Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental are, from left, PLDT Consumer Service Zone – Negros Executive Secretary Ma. Lourdes Bermeo, DepEd Social Mobilization & Networking Senior Education Program Specialist Jema Gatilogo, and PLDT Consumer Service Zone – Negros Head Armel Malijan.

PLDT First Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications Catherine Yap-Yang said, “Despite the COVID-19 restrictions we all need to observe, PLDT and its mobile unit Smart continue to extend help to various schools. PLDT is glad to partner with DepEd Himamaylan as we support the blended learning approach to education. This year, DepEd’s theme of Bayanihan Para sa Paaralan speaks to all of us to continue working together to make our schools this worthy institution that eagerly welcome every teacher and child in our country.”

Earlier this year, PLDT donated 300 reams of bond paper to DepEd Himamaylan in support of teachers and students in the city’s 54 public schools as they carry out their blended mode of teaching and learning.

PLDT and Smart’s education advocacy, making sure that no learner is left behind, is aligned with their long-term commitment to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG#4: Quality Education.