SUCH was the happiness of the parents of the 310 students in Davao City after their children were given free laptops donated by the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
The gadgets were turned over to the students on October 16, 2020 at 3 p.m. inside the People's Park, Palma Gil Street, Davao City.
The program, tagged as Student Siblings' Laptop Sharing Project, was sponsored by the Consulate General of the PRC in Davao City.
During the ceremony, 310 pieces of Huawei Matebook D 15 Notebook Model BoH-WAQ9R were turned over by Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte and consul general of PRC Li Lin to the students.
Presidential Commission for Urban Poor (PUCP) Commissioner Norman Baloro, who is also in-charge of the program Eskwela Davao, said the beneficiaries were selected through strict assessment.
"Una sila na approved nga sila benepisyaryo gisubay gyod nato ilang kahimtang sa pamuyo, kadto gyod ning mga angayan ug haum gyod nga makadawat. Tabang ni sa ilang online class, diin sila nga magsuon mag-share sa laptop (Before they were chosen as beneficiaries, we checked where they live and whether they really deserve the new gadget for school. This will be a big help for their online class and they're expected to share with their siblings)," said Baloro.
On October 1, 2020, about 100 student-beneficiaries from Davao City received their free tablets from PRC which is also seen to help them with their online studies.