NABUNTURAN, DAVAO DE ORO – The Provincial Local Schools Board (PLSB) of Davao de Oro led by Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, allotted a total amount of ₱7,044,441.12 from its Special Education Fund (SEF) to the Department of Education-Davao de Oro (DepEd-DdO) to be used on its coming shift to the “blended learning” approach. This is in accordance with the directive from President Duterte that no face to face interactions shall take place on the opening of classes on August 24, 2020.

The aforementioned amount will be used to buy essential tools for public schools such as external drives, WiFi modems, video cameras, transistor radios, learning materials, and workbooks for school levels kindergarten to senior high school.

The Schools Division of Davao de Oro through Dr. Eufemia Gamutin, its superintendent and concurrent Vice Chair of the PLSB, proposed these items to the school board.

In a recent meeting with the eleven municipal mayors of Davao de Oro, Governor Tyron Uy encouraged everyone to support DepEd’s shift to blended learning. The province’s eleven mayors enthusiastically supported him in response.

The governor further encouraged individuals and groups to join Brigada Eskwela. In his message, he quipped that this year’s opening of classes fall under extra-ordinary times, and that helping our schools brave through this crisis is of utmost importance.

“We are all duty-bound to support our students. As they always say, it takes a village to educate a child. Let us be that village”. Earlier, the governor signed a partnership agreement with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to install free WiFi stations in the province’s schools, plus other strategic locations. The provincial government’s official radio station will also be allotting an hour from Mondays to Fridays to help disseminate DepEd’s instructions.

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