DepEd Cebu and Globe Ink Landmark Partnership to Build New Cell Sites
PHOTO CAPTION: Globe representatives and DepEd Cebu Province officials seal a partnership for the rollout of 26 cell sites to support schools and neighboring communities.
Globe is embarking on a landmark partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) - Division of Cebu Province with the construction of 26 new cell sites in 26 DepEd locations to support the government’s online learning initiatives.
Globe is investing P338 million for the building of the new cell sites in 26 Cebu schools. This will provide internet connectivity to around 36,000 students and 1,550 teachers and neighboring communities.
Under the memorandum of agreement, DepEd Cebu will offer its premises free of rent for the said cell sites. Globe for its part will furnish DepEd schools in the province with free broadband and WiFi services.
"We are now in the digital age where internet connection is already a need, not a want," shared DepEd Cebu Province Regional Director Salustiano Jimenez. “Through this groundbreaking partnership, we hope that more students will be able to fulfill their educational requirements amidst the challenges brought about by the pandemic. We look forward to working closely with Globe in building the cell sites that will help our staff, students, and even their families gain improved access to the internet.”
“The Philippines is falling behind in terms of remote learning. Many students are still struggling to keep up with their classes due to a lack of connectivity tools to help them meet school requirements,” mentioned Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President for Globe Business. “The establishment of more cell sites will mean better access to quality education for students and a digitally-enabled future for families. This project with DepEd Cebu Province is a first of its kind—a proof that progress amplifies when two or more organizations work together in reaching their goals.”
Globe and DepEd have long been partners in integrating information and communication technologies in the Philippine education system. Last year, Globe and DepEd worked together in providing teachers and students with free access to DepEd Commons, which contains online review materials and Open Educational Resources (OER) authored by public school teachers. Globe also assisted DepEd in training educators for distance learning through a modified series of webinars under its Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) program.
Globe is a strong advocate of quality education and is committed to 10 UN Sustainable Development Goals in order to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. This initiative by Globe underscores its support for the United Nations Sustainable Goal no. 4 which is “Quality Education.” Globe is one with the UN in working for inclusive, equitable, and quality education for all.
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