The Davao City government still reaches out to the beneficiaries of its “Student Siblings Tablet Sharing Project” to ensure that the laptops and tablets given to them have supported and motivated them to achieve academic performance.

In an interview with the City Information Office (CIO), Davao- LGU Special Projects Program Manager and Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor Commissioner Norman Baloro said the distribution of gadgets to students is not the end of their engagement with the students and parents.

“We inspire them through monitoring. Mas maganahan man sila na among ginabuhat every month naga tawag mi kung kumusta na ang tablet, kumusta na ang laptop, and we also ask about their grades (We inspire them through monitoring. They are more motivated because every month we call them and ask how is the tablet, how is the laptop and we also ask about their grades),” Baloro said, adding, this earned positive feedback from parents who did not expect they are being reached out even after the distribution of the gadgets.

Since the start of the program in October 2020, the city had nine distributions of laptops and tablets donated by various donors and this benefitted a total of 2,932 students. The last distribution was 500 pieces of tablets from Cosmic Technologies Inc. or Cherry Mobile Philippines on May 2, 2022, at the People’s Park.

“Ang pagiging grateful sa mga parents and beneficiaries themselves is already an inspiration sa amoa nga mangita pajud mi og pamaagi og unsaon namo sila pagtabang . We will work harder para makahanap ng paraan para paano pa matulungan ang mga left out (The appreciation we received from the parents and beneficiaries is already an inspiration for us to look for ways to help more who are left out),” he said.

Meanwhile, as part of the support for face-to-face classes, the LGU Special Projects Davao in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and Office of the Vice Mayor Baste Duterte, a total of 2,000 student beneficiaries is set to receive backpacks and school supplies from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China.

The first batch of 150 students already received their backpacks and school supplies on May 5, 2022, in a hand-over ceremony led by Acting Mayor Sebastian Duterte, Mr. Li Lin, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao, CSWDO head Atty. Marlisa A Gallo, and Commissioner Baloro.

Baloro said that the distribution of the remaining 1,850 backpacks is set to be scheduled after the election.

For more updates and announcements on educational supplies assistance, you may visit Eskwela Davao Facebook Page. CIO