Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso approved on Friday, July 9, the procurement of the additional 60,820 tablets for newly enrolled public school students this upcomimng school year worth P364,920,000.

The approval was made in line with the city’s effort to adapt to the blended distance learning program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Despite the challenges we face due to the pandemic, patuloy na susuportahan ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ang ating mga estudyante,” Domagoso said during the Local School Board meeting.

“As much as possible, we want all students to be able to continue learning,” he added.

In addition, monthly internet data for K-12 students and the procurement of hygiene kits for teaching and non-teaching personnel have also been approved.

Domagoso likewise noted that a standby fund of P60,532,256.37 was made in case there is an increase in enrollment.

To note, the Manila City government bought last year about 110,000 tablet devices equipped with SIM cards and 11,000 laptops with pocket WiFi devices worth P994 million for students and teachers.