/ 20 September 2020

THE DAVAO City government is giving away 300 laptops to junior and senior high in public schools under the ‘Student Siblings Laptop Sharing Project’ for use in online classes.

Beneficiaries are junior and senior high school students from indigent families, those who are indigent solo parents, or living with indigent guardians and must have online and offline classes.

They should also be living in a place with stable electricity and must have two or more siblings who are enrolled in schools to share the laptops.

Spokesperson for the project Commissioner Norman Baloro said residents in Toril Proper, Buhangin Proper, Bunawan Proper, and barangays under Poblacion and Agdao District, will be prioritized since the areas have stable electricity and internet connection.

Baloro said in a text message to The POST, applicants will be properly verified and assessed so that right beneficiaries will receive the laptops.

He also said a family consisting of six members are considered poor if it only has a monthly income of P12,577.

“We will get and generate the names and we will find those who need it most, especially those who are less fortunate. According to NEDA (National Economic Development Authority), a family can be considered poor when a family of six persons only has P12,577 monthly income,” Baloro said in a statement.

Forms must be submitted from September 21-23, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

However, students who were scholars under Eskwela Davao, STEP scholarship, CHED-LGU Tulong Dunong Program are no longer qualified for the project.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte initiated the scheme, which is sponsored by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in the province.

Interested students may send email to specialprojects.davaocitygov@ and download the application forms, which will be dropped in designated drop box outside the Pasalubong Center beside People’s Park.

According to Baloro, the distribution of laptops will depend on the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao City.