/ 31 August 2021

QUEZON City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo has filed a bill that seeks to establish a system for the donation and recycling of electronic gadgets.

In filing House BIll 10005 or the proposed Promotion of Donation and Recycling of Electronic Gadgets Act, Castelo said one of the most affected by the Covid19 pandemic is the education sector which has completely abandoned the face-to-face modality of instruction.

This shift, she added, posed many problems, which primarily boiled down to the preparedness of the system to adapt to changes and availability of resources.

“Teachers and students alike had to find ways to make the new system of distance learning work despite difficulties in its implementation. It is especially difficult for impoverished students to learn when they have no available resources to participate in the online classes,” Castelo said in her explanatory note.

The measure proposes the establishment of a system that will encourage and promote the donation and recycling of electronic gadgets.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology shall lead the implementation of the program, with the Department of Education and Department of Environment and Natural Resources as collaborating agencies.

Castelo said donated gadgets can be distributed to indigent students.

“This will certainly bridge the gap between the effective implementation of distance learning and lack of available resources to implement it,” she added.

On the other hand, gadgets that are irreparable and unusable shall be turned over to accredited facilities capable of recycling electronic gadgets.