ANGELES CITY – Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. has finished the distribution of 63,200 tablets to the city’s 53 public schools and City College of Angeles (CCA), for the use of public school teachers and Grades 4 to 12 students, and city scholars in their online classes.
“Education has always been my top agenda. In the midst of the pandemic, we made sure to set aside accorded budget in the pipeline to support our teachers and students in their digital education,” Mayor Lazatin said.
It was learned that 2,997 public school teachers and 3,200 city scholars from the CCA were also visited by Mayor Lazatin to personally turn over their respective tablets.
He was assisted by representatives from key offices – Mayor’s Office Records Section Head Jermaine Jam Aguila and Information Communication Technology Division Officer-in-Charge Michael Lising during distribution – and Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting and his brother, Pampanga First District Representative Carmelo “Jon” Lazatin II.
The tablets would augment the inclusive needs of the public school teachers and Grades 4 to 12 students and city scholars in their online learning amid the pandemic, Mayor Lazatin explained. These will be given back to the school’s administration at the end of the school year.
Apart from this, a total of 700 access points are also being installed city-wide for free WIFI connection, 200 of which were paid for by the city government for P20 million, while the other 500 are being installed for free.
“The digital education which I planned even before the COVID-19 pandemic foresees the installation of internet all over the public schools in the city,” Mayor Lazatin shared.
“The online learning system although untested in the country’s educational system is expected to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we fully support this under my ‘digital education’ program,” he added.
It can also be recalled that a P1,000 educational financial assistance was also distributed via house-to-house to the city’s indigent students in the city’s 33 barangays.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has also recognized the educational contributions of Mayor Lazatin in this time of pandemic. The said award was conferred to Mayor Lazatin during the virtual recognition of Government and Community Stakeholders on December 28, 2020 recognizing the topmost involvement and participation of various stakeholders in ensuring that education continues amidst the threat of COVID-19 pandemic.