/ 18 July 2021

AROUND 239 laptops worth P8.365 million were donated by the provincial government of Negros Occidental to the Department of Education-Division of Negros Occidental in support of education literacy continuity plan amid the pandemic.

Funded through the Provincial School Board, the donation was spearheaded by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson last July 14.

DepEd Negros Occidental spokesperson Ian Arnold Arnaez said each of the division’s 33 school districts was asked to submit the names of their teachers for a raffle to determine the recipient.

Arnaez added each school district is expected to receive six to 10 laptops.

Marsette Sabbaluca, Negros Occidental Schools Division superintendent, said it also received financial assistance amounting to P3.08 million for its Alternative Learning System Program.

The cash aid is intended for 40 literacy volunteers, 3,694 ALS learners, 15 Special Education literacy volunteers, and 928 SPED learners.

Sabbaluca thanked the provincial government for the various educational projects that will ensure learning despite the pandemic.

Gov. Lacson, on the other hand, hopes the initiative will be used for intended purposes and that more teachers will receive more educational assistance in the future.