The Customs bureau has donated to the Department of Education personal computers and laptops as well as other electronic devices it previously seized at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and bonded warehouses.
Port of NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan said the bureau has a commitment to support the Education department by giving various educational gadgets and other school supplies in line with the agency’s Bridge and Distant Learning programs.
“This donation is also in line with the directive of Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to help the government in its distance learning program and as the bureau’s contribution in addressing the ill-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
The pandemic has prompted the government to suspend face-to-face or regular classroom classes and shift to a distance learning program.
Among the items donated were computer laptops, mobile phones, flash drives, V7 monitors, Fuji Xerox Multifunction Printers, routers, ZTE Pocket WIFI, computer tablets, computer monitors, school bags, educational books, and children shoes.
Some of the items were confiscated by the Port of NAIA while others were declared abandoned in Customs bonded warehouses.
Guerrero said his agency understand the need of the students specially during this time that education is hindered by the threat of COVID-19.
“We will continue to support DepEd’s programs to provide quality education to our students,” he said.
DepEd secretary Leonor Briones thanked the Customs bureau for its continuous support to the agency and the Department’s Bridge and Distant Learning Program.
She also shared the first donation made by Customs in October last year which consist of mobile phones and laptops have now been distributed to schools in far-flung areas.