DepEd bringing solar-powered computers to public schools with no electricity

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Soon, public school pupils in areas without electricity will still get to learn computer skills, thanks to solar panels from the Department of Education.

DepEd Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua said some 6,000 elementary and secondary public schools are to benefit from such solar panels this year.

“This is the government’s initiative to promote tech-savviness in rural barangays and let them cope with the technological advancement of their counterparts in the urban area,” Pascua said.

Each computer package includes one laptop and a 7-in-1 tablet.

DepEd estimates that of the beneficiaries, 4,000 will be from Luzon and Mindanao, while 2,000 will be from Visayas.

It added that with P1.4 billion funding under its 2015 computerization program budget, the procurement is underway through the United Nations Development Program and the Department of Budget and Management’s Procurement Service.

Under the DepEd Computerization Program, the government allotted P6 billion under the 2017 budget to procure about 188,000 computers for public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.