Central Luzon LGUs commit P731M for 'new normal' education

BLENDED LEARNING. Bacolor Mayor Eduardo 'Diman' G. Datu, Councilors Ron Dungca and Lucky Labung turned over on Monday several rims and boxes of bond papers to all public schools here. The bond papers which will be used for the modules were donated by the Bacolor Quarry Operators Association. (Chris Navarro)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon have donated a total of P731 million to support the Learning Continuity Plans of the 20 Schools Division Offices in Central Luzon.

The total amount of resources generated as of July 28 shall complement the funds allocated by the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office for the opening of classes on August 24.

"The regional office expresses gratitude for all the support given by legislators, governors, mayors and punong barangays who continuously support the public schools and our programs, projects and activities,” DepEd Regional Director Nicolas Capulong said.

The majority of the pledges will be utilized for the printing of the Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) such as the provision of risograph machines, printers, bond papers, and ink.

Several local government units (LGUs) will also be providing financial assistance for other learning modalities such as online learning, television (TV) and radio-based instruction. These include the funds to cover airtime, internet connectivity, wifi transmitters, laptops, computers, flash drives and television sets.

“To ensure the success of the School Year 2020-2021, various learning materials such as SLMs, self-learning kits, learning packets, videos, scripts for radio-based and TV-based instruction among others are being prepared by our supervisors, school heads and teachers,” Capulong said.

Other LGUs will also be providing their respective schools with personal protective equipment, masks and face shields, flu vaccines for the teachers and disinfecting equipment for schools.

As of July 31, the enrollment in Central Luzon has reached 2,330,874 or 78.34 percent of last year’s total enrollment data.

From the figure, 2,106,783 are enrollees in public schools; 17,522 enrollees in the Alternative Learning System; 4,267 enrollees in state or local universities and colleges; and 201,705 enrollees in private schools.


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