MAKATI City Mayor Abby Binay said that over 85,000 students from preschool to senior high school in the city’s public schools will each receive a learner’s package and free daily five- hour internet load for school year 2020-2021.
She said each learner’s package contains an On-The-Go (OTG) flash drive, printed modules, and two washable face masks in a pouch.
The mayor said the city government has come up with the additional benefits in consultation with the City Schools Division Office (DepEd Makati), as part of efforts to adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The city government has been actively involved in current efforts of the Department of Education to ensure that quality education continues to be accessible to the youth amidst the crisis. We are committed to making the blended learning approach work to the advantage of our students, through equipping them with the right tools,” Mayor Abby said.
The mayor also appealed to parents to support the initiatives of the city, underscoring their indispensable role in the effective implementation of new teaching methods designed to adapt to the “new normal”.
She noted that the learner’s package and internet load will be given on top of the annual benefits received by the students, including free school uniforms, leather and rubber shoes, and school supplies.
She added that the city will also provide free internet load to public school teachers of Makati for the conduct of online activities and sessions.
The OTG flash drive contains digitized learning modules. Through OTG, students can study even without internet connection. It has videos, illustrations, and interactive exercises developed by DepEd Makati. It can be used on a smartphone (android or ios), tablet, laptop, desktop, as well as on a smart television.
Teachers will upload all the lessons for the week in the OTG, and parents will claim it from the teacher, together with the printed version.