The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Friday, April 17, that its newly forged partnership with Samsung Philippines will benefit three schools for Indigenous Peoples (IP) ? one school from Region 2 and two schools within Region 3, all of which are also beneficiaries of electrification projects by the department.
Pureg Elementary School in Sanchez Mira Cagayan, Flora Elementary School in Capas, Tarlac, and Tamale Elementary School in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija will be the recipients of Samsung?s donations comprised of ICT equipment.
The ICT tools, with an approximated cost of P4,900,000.00, will come in the form of 93 tablets (31 per school), 93 Bluetooth keyboards (31 per school), 93 units of Bluetooth mouse (31 per school), six (6) laptops for teachers (2 per school), three (3) charging stations (1 per school), and three (3) sets of printer and ink supplies (1 per school).
A total of 250 IP students from the mentioned schools will be the beneficiaries of the program.
Samsung Philippines president and managing director Harry Lee said, ?This signing is only the beginning and we are more than happy to support all the initiatives of the department.?
Other education programs by Samsung Philippines include the launching of the Samsung Smart Classroom in Philippine Science High School last February 2014 and scholarship opportunities for students in the tertiary level.
DepEd secretary Armin A. Luistro cited Samsung Philippines, noting ?technology has become a solution to inaccessibility? for those in far-flung areas.
Luistro reiterated the importance of the program for the IP communities and said, ?We Filipinos are very culturally centered and we hope to make sure that technology becomes a partner for the local community in preserving their culture.?