BAGUIO City rolled out the first e-Eskwela Hub in the country following its opening at the City Library Thursday morning.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Ang Probinsyano Party-List (APPL) Representative Ronnie Ong and Frontrow CEO-founder Samuel Verzosa Jr. inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the donation of eight desktop computers connected to the internet with two printers.

The hub will provide free use of computers, internet access and printing of modules, and other paper works needed by students to meet the blended learning system that will be implemented for the coming school year.

The e-Eskwela hub is an e-learning center open for teachers, learners, and parents helping their kids with online learning and blended learning.

People going to the center can get free use of personal computer with wifi, and free printing for the first 10 pages of documents.

This is part of the pilot program in partnership with Frontrow Philippines ,in coordination with the Office of Ong in support to Baguio City Government's efforts and the Department of Education (DepEd) in making sure that no student gets left behind.

Ong said Baguio City was the first to be launched after providing an area with internet signal, establish the hub, and assure that there will be officers to man it.

Samuel Verzosa Jr., founder and chief executive officer of Frontrow Enterprises that went into partnership with APPL, said there are eight computers, printers, a continuing supply of ink and coupon bonds. The maintenance of the equipment will also be provided by their company.

He said the assistance will not just be for the Baguio hub, but in all places where his company and the APPL will have an agreement with.

With the establishment of the blended modality of learning, the hub will be the community's supplementary e-learning center for those without access to the internet or printers.

Upon entry to the educational hub, protocols will strictly be implemented or observed and monitored.

Students and teachers will be advised to pre-register with their barangay where they will be provided a stub with their details for easy tracking and monitoring.

Upon entry, thermal scanners must be used. There should also be disinfectants such as alcohol sprays, foot baths at the hub's entrance, etc. A no mask, no entry policy should be implemented, and physical distancing should be practiced.

Magalong expressed gratitude to Ong and Frontrow for the hub. He said that the hub is very timely to aid the students, parents and teachers in facing the challenges the new mode of learning gives. (JJ Landingin)