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Duterte Approved DepEd Allocating P700M for Internet Connection

President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Department of Education (DepEd) allocating P700M for internet access to 7,000 public schools.

DepEd in is the process of procuring internet connection for 7,000 public schools nationwide, in preparation for the upcoming school opening where distance learning will be implemented due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), said Duterte.

DepEd Allocating P700M
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In his 14th weekly report to Congress on the government’s COVID-19 response, Duterte said the DepEd set aside P700 million for the internet connection project to 7,000 schools, which will be completed in 10 months, based on the report of GMA News.

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Duterte previously said that the Department of Information and Communications Technology is coordinating with the DepEd and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for providing free WiFi in schools.

This, he said, was in line with efforts “to build digital capabilities for both teachers and students as a response to the new normal. He also said that the DepEd issued memorandum, which allow teachers to bring devices bought by the agency in their home.

DepEd has previously said it will use online and modular learning as well as radio and television to ensure delivery of lessons for the upcoming school year, which will begin on August 24 because Face-to-Face classes will still not be allowed until the vaccine is available.

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