Angeles hands over 55,000 tablets to public schools



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ANGELES CITY: Headed by Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr., the Angeles City local government unit (LGU) led the initial distribution of 2,000 tablets to students from grades four to 12 in five public schools here on Saturday. The LGU is set to distribute the remaining 55,000 tablets to students from grades four to 12 in 53 public schools in the coming days that will be used exclusively for their online classes this upcoming opening of the new school year on October 5. Initially, Lazatin procured 48,000 tablets, amounting to P161 million, for students from grades four to 12. But with the unexpected high volume of enrollees for the coming school year, the LGU decided to procure 7,000 additional tablets for 53 public schools. With each tablet costing P3,360, 55,000 tablets cost a total of P184,800,000. Lazatin’s chief adviser and tactician Director IC Calaguas reiterated that the tablets will be used solely for the purpose of education to better help the students with the transition to the new normal way of schooling, which is of the utmost priority for the mayor. “Sisikapin ng administrasyong Lazatin na tugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng mga estudyante sa pagsisimula ng klase ngayong panahon ng pandemya (The Lazatin administration will strive to answer the needs of students at the start of classes in this time of pandemic),” Calaguas shared. Also present during Mayor Lazatin’s inspection of the tablets were Executive Assistant 4 Reina Manuel, Mayor’s Office Record’s Section Head Jermaine Jam Aguila, Information Communication Technology Division Officer-in-Charge Michael Lising and Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer-in-Charge Rudy Simeon.