ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – Converge ICT Solutions will provide free internet connections to some 90,000 students, both in elementary and high school in this city, with Barangay Pandan chosen as the pilot area.
The initiative is in support of the digital education program of the city government of Angeles.
Dennis Anthony Uy, Converge ICT Solutions president, and CEO met Sunday with City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. for the proposed internet assistance to the city students in their online classes.
This came shortly before Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced that there would be no face-to-face classes until a vaccine is made available against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Online education is one of the programs of the Lazatin administration, one pillar of which is to provide free internet access to all public schools in the city.
The mayor cited the importance of a strong internet connection in being able to deliver online education, especially during this time of the pandemic.
“Public school students will now be connected to the world and digital education will further enhance their knowledge as they seek higher learning. The internet is now an indispensable utility that should be accessed by Angeleños,” Lazatin said in a statement on Monday.
“As an Angeleño myself, l am committing to fiber-powering the education of the city. This is a way of giving back to our community,” Uy, who started Converge in this city, said.
He assured students that the reliability of the Converge connection will be available to them.
“Dreams of our students should never stop,” he said.
Educational institutions all over the country are now preparing to hold online classes.
Tools are now being developed so that the learning of both students and teachers can continue while schools are closed due to the Covid-19 health crisis. (PNA)