/ 13 July 2021

THE DEPARTMENT of Education has started to distribute SIM cards with connectivity load to teachers.

Its target is to provide SIM cards to one million teaching and non-teaching personnel.

Permanent, contractual, and local government unit-paid personnel working under DepEd are eligible to receive the cards.

“This is part of our commitment to deliver the promises of the Bayanihan 2 Act. Through the support of our President, our lawmakers, and our field offices, DepEd has ensured that our personnel and teachers can efficiently provide basic education services to our learners despite the situation,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

The Asset Management Division will distribute the SIM cards to DepEd Central Office personnel, while those outside Metro Manila will get theirs from the Regional Supply Officer.

All SIM cards will be activated with an initial 34GB load, which is consumable for one year.

“The Department has procured the SIM cards and connectivity load from our external partner for all the teaching and non-teaching personnel to ensure ease in communication and unhampered delivery of services amid the crisis,” Undersecretary Alain Pascua said.

DepEd-CALABARZON will receive 119,909 SIM cards while DepEd-Central Luzon will get 101,616, and DepEd-National Capital Region, 88,781.