PLDT, Smart expand learning platforms in Laguna

April 1, 2024 People's Tonight 90 views

PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications, inc. (Smart), are powering the digitalization efforts of the provincial government of Laguna. During the celebration of the ‘Anilag’ or Harvest of Laguna Festival in March, the PLDT Group turned over 17 desktop computers and 15 Smart Bro Pocket WiFi devices to expand access to learning tools of Lagunense students across the province.

“Our support to Laguna is anchored in PLDT and Smart’s belief in the power of education to provide a better future for the youth. Through digital innovation, we help amplify the government’s initiative in creating a MATATAG nation where no learner is left behind,” said Hoyle Disuanco, FVP and Head of Regional Development for Luzon at Smart.

The donation is part of PLDT Group’s commitment to this year’s Anilag Festival, which celebrates the province’s abundance and prosperity in its rich culture and heritage. The devices will be deployed to Laguna Science Integrated National High School in the town of Bay, Laguna Senior High School and the Laguna Provincial Library in the town of Santa Cruz, and the Laguna General Services Office for the use of its scholars.

“Public-private partnerships in education need to ramp up internet connectivity solutions in schools to open digital access points for students. This is particularly helpful in the government’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) because it brings learning closer to students in unique circumstances,” said Cong. Ruth Mariano-Hernandez, 2nd District Laguna.

To help bring inclusive and equitable quality education to more students in the province, PLDT and Smart have also committed to onboard teachers to the Central Visayan Institute Foundation Dynamic Learning Program (CVIF DLP). The pandemic-tested teaching pedagogy allows students to learn with minimal teacher intervention with the aid of the CVIF DLP Learning Activity Sheets (LAS) which contain simple explanations, even illustrations of a subject. Students then proceed to write down information and answer questions on another sheet of paper at their own pace, promoting independent learning.

PLDT and Smart’s support to LGU efforts in expanding learning platforms with the help of digital innovations highlight the PLDT Group’s use of technology for good to promote inclusive and equitable quality education for all. This initiative aligns with its commitment to help the nation meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal # 4 on Quality Education.