Smart Communications, Inc. responded to Pasig Catholic College’s plea for connectivity assistance for students and teachers who have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Faithful to the core value of the company, “malasakit”, Smart provided 200 preloaded WiFi Smart Bro Pocket units and supplemented them with 200 Smart Call and Text prepaid cards in the P300 denomination. “The coronavirus has made learning difficult for students and teachers alike. But with Smart’s fastest network and connectivity tools, we can help ensure that no learner is left behind, even in these difficult times, ”said Melvin Consunji Nubla, vice president and head of market and subscriber management. Like all schools across the country, Pasig Catholic College has taken steps to comply with existing health protocols. Still, Interim President Bp. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, DD shared that the institution has seen a significant drop in enrollment with some students transferring to public schools due to financial constraints. online courses have taken a heavy toll on poor students, many of whom have done odd jobs like doing their neighbors’ laundry or babysitting just to buy data for online courses. “In the case of our students who have limited resources, they find it difficult to meet the needs of online learning. Some of them do not have the necessary device and stable connectivity,” said Bishop Vergara. . School teaching staff have also struggled to migrate lessons to digital platforms. Unfortunately, some faculty members lack the capacity to equip themselves with connectivity tools. While most devices are for students only, a few Smart Bro Pocket WiFi units will also be provided to some basic education teachers.This will complement existing Pasig Catholic College initiatives, such as allowing teachers to use the school’s computer labs to online courses and lend them desktops so they can teach online at home.
“Smart’s assistance will enable beneficiaries to cope with the demands of online learning and online transactions adopted by the school. We are also grateful that PLDT-Smart Foundation has provided loading cards to further assist students with online courses. Smart serves as a bridge that allows students and teachers to move on to the next phase of the teaching and learning process, ”added Bishop Vergara. Pasig Catholic College was founded by missionaries of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) over a century ago. The institution is committed to evangelizing young people through a Catholic education that promotes a culture of excellence and social transformation. PLDT and Smart provide access to inclusive quality education from elementary to tertiary levels, through information and communication technologies (ICT), content, pedagogy and capacity building to ensure it there is #NoLearnerLeftBehind. He is also a strong advocate for cybersecurity and the creation of safe spaces online. PLDT and Smart empower learning communities through technology as part of its commitment to help the nation achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) # 4: Quality education.
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