TACLOBAN CITY– The Department of Education in Samar is thankful to PLDT and Smart for their donation of learning tools that are expected to boost quality education in the province.

PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) turned over ten units of desktop computers to the Department of Education (DepEd) in Samar to provide additional learning resources to the Alternative Learning System (ALS) teachers and students in Gandara town.

“It has been PLDT and Smart’s commitment to support the education sector to help ensure that no Filipino learner gets left behind. We are truly happy to provide these desktop computers to DepEd Samar. We hope that this donation can improve the learning experience of our ALS students, especially the out-of-school youth in Gandara,” Ivy Calbes, Smart’s customer development manager, said.

Faustino Tobes, DepEd-Samar’s education program supervisor for ALS, expressed his gratitude to the donors saying the tools will help the intended school beneficiaries and their students.

“These additional resources will surely help enhance our ALS learners’ comprehension and encourage active participation in their learning sessions, particularly in the delivery of the learning competencies under digital citizenship,” he said.

Likewise, the municipal government of Gandara also expressed their appreciation for choosing their area for this program.

“On behalf of the local government of Gandara, we thank PLDT and Smart for this opportunity. Providing quality education to our constituents is one of the LGU’s priorities, and it is encouraging to know that private organizations such as PLDT and Smart are also working to deliver solutions that would make a difference in the lives of our learners,” said Alfredo Delector, the municipal administrator.

ALS Samar is among PLDT and Smart’s partner schools that have been implementing the Central Visayan Institute Foundation – Dynamic Learning Program (CVIF-DLP), a crisis-resilient teaching training that aims to enhance learners’ academic performance by encouraging independent learning among students through learning activity sheets.
These desktop computers were pre-loaded with DLP learning activity sheets and will be deployed to Minda Community Learning Center in Barangay Minda, covering two school districts in Gandara.