Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Globe to build cell sites in 26 DepEd schools

THE Department of Education (DepEd) 7 Schools Division of Cebu Province has inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with telecommunications company Globe Telecom to boost internet connectivity in schools.

Globe said it will erect cell towers in 26 DepEd locations, which DepEd is offering rent-free.

In exchange, Globe will provide them free broadband / WiFi services.

The MOA signing was held in Ecotech Center, Brgy. Lahug, Cebu City on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Globe’s industry head of enterprise group of the sector geographical of the Visayas Ana Villaflor said Globe will pour P338 million in investment that will benefit around 36,000 students and 1,550 teachers.

“This is the first in the Philippines, a private and public partnership where we help our students realize their dreams. We build the very foundation that benefits students, teachers and the communities of first world internet,” she said.

More towers

Villaflor said they are eyeing to build cell towers in 116 more schools in Cebu Province for the first phase of the program.

The program will kick off in Bantayan Island to boost not only the town’s connectivity for education but for tourism as well.

It takes about six months for a cell tower to be built.

Villaflor said all the 26 cell towers will be erected in two to three years.

DepEd 7 Director Salustiano Jimenez said they will work hand in hand with Globe in building the towers located within the selected school premises to help their staff and students with much-needed internet access.

“We are now in the digital age where internet connection is already a need, not a want,” he said.

Jimenez said they will also see to it that they will spread awareness to the parents of the children, especially on the health misconceptions of cell towers, and assured that safety of the children and the community is always top of mind.

Moreover, Globe and DepEd’s alliance is expected to provide surrounding communities with stronger connectivity.

“This is a great help in reaching out to our learners and our teachers in remote areas in Cebu Province who are deprived of access to information because of online signal difficulty,” said Dr. Anelito Bongcawil, assistant schools division superintendent of DepEd Cebu Province. (JOB)


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