The Department of Education announced that they have added Google Chromebook laptops to the list of devices that can be donated or provided to public schools for the students and teachers to use.
This development was revealed via a memorandum by the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration via the Information and Communications Technology Service.
With this, Chromebooks can now be donated to public schools by local government units using their Special Education Funds. The initiative is a way to support the new learning requirements created since the health crisis started.
Special Education Funds (SEF) are available in 146 cities and 1,488 municipalities across the Philippines as of 2021.
The new memorandum also applies to non-government organizations (NGOs) and other groups that are backing the education department and other learning initiatives.
For those who are unfamiliar, Chromebooks are built by different laptop brands and use Google’s own operating system. Such laptops are known to be affordable yet well-equipped, perfect for students or teachers on a budget.