When the Department of Education (DepEd) stood firm in opening classes this coming school year through distance learning, groups and individuals took it upon themselves to help students who will be affected by the setup.
Netizens debated the move as they considered the gaps in education long before the pandemic.
According to them, shifting from traditional to distance learning would further widen the divide between te rich and the poor. (READ: No student left behind? During pandemic, education ‘only for those who can afford’)
To bridge this gap, groups and individuals have come up with ways to help those who have little or no means for distance learning.
Here are some of the initiatives:
The Office of the Vice President launched Bayanihan Para sa Distance Learning through its Angat Buhay campaign, in partnership with Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership.
Bayanihan Para sa Distance Learning is calling on individuals to donate their spare smartphones or tablets, laptops, desktop computers, printers, and other gadgets.
For those who are interested to donate, provide the necessary information such as name, address, contact number, and details about the item you want to donate. Send these details to email@example.com with the subject: OVP Distance Learning Support.
Old Laptop Guys is accepting old laptop donations. These will be distributed to students enrolled in a home school run by the wife of Andy Umali, the man behind the initiative.
The group plans to install Chromium OS, a web-based operating system, in order to make these old laptops perform faster.
You may reach out to the Old Laptop Guys by sending a personal message to their Facebook page or contact them at 09175154712, or Andy Umali’s mobile number 09224440889.
Established in 2016, Streets to Schools is the brainchild of 3 University of Santo Tomas students. They aim to gather 300 pre-loved gadgets, which they plan to give to students who are having a hard time coping with learning under the "new normal."
For those who are interested in donating, you may reach them by sending a personal message to their Facebook page.
One Gadget One Child is an initiative which aims to collect used gadgets and provide them to students who cannot afford to continue their education through distance learning.
If you have a spare laptop, tablet, or smartphone for donation, you may fill out this form. You may also donate in cash though the following bank account:
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Carmencita M. Hermosisima
Remember to secure a screenshot of the transaction for documentation purposes.
iUplift is a student-led initiative that seeks to address Filipino students’ distance learning needs through the provision of tablets and school supplies.
Among its efforts is #ProjectAmbagan, which aims to raise funds to help students from Barangay Pag-Asa High School in Camarines Norte and Balanti Elementary School in Rizal.
The gathered funds will be used to purchase tables priced at P2,000 each per student, printers for beneficiary schools, with an estimated price range of P4,000 to P5,000 for the printing of student modules, and other necessary school supplies.
To help, people can donate to the following accounts:
Zion Enrico Licup
Proof of donation must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. A letter will be sent as receipt of your donation.
For questions, people may contact Precious Angelica Echague at 0966-745-6625 or email@example.com.
Project WiFi is an initiative by a group of law students that aims to provide gadgets and load for students in need.
It has so far helped 150 beneficiaries in their two rounds of donations. They continue to receive hundreds of applications from students who want to become beneficiaries of the project.
Project WiFi is open for pledges, which will provide the following to the beneficiaries:
You may course your donations through the following accounts:
Account Number: 0039-523-191
Account Number: 09178177607
When transferring your donations, place a note saying ‘For Project Wifi.’’ You may also take a screenshot of your donation receipt and send it to @project.wifi on Instagram or @projectwifi2020 on Facebook.
Jason Cureg, a sophomore student from University of Saint Louis–Tuguegarao, started Project Walang Iwanan which aims to raise funds to provide prepaid load for Louisian students who struggle to access online learning.
As of July 1, Project Walang Iwanan was able to raise P24,000 and help 135 beneficiaries so far.
You may help Jason and his team to provide prepaid load to more students in need by contacting them at 09399135146 or 09175100081.
The Wagi Project is an initiative led by travel agency owners Mariko David, Shiela Borongan, and Marie Bartolome. The initiative aims to help students who are struggling with the shift to distance learning by providing laptops and other learning resources.
In order to raise funds for their initiative, the Wagi Project launched Bid for a Cause, where they will bid out new and pre-loved items. Bid participants can also nominate a beneficiary, subject to review by the organizers.
The Wagi Project also accepts monetary donations, new and pre-loved items, and even laptops!
You may course your donations through the following:
Led by students from different universities in Metro Manila, Salindiwa aims to ease the burden of Grade 4 students of Kapitan Moy Elementary School in Marikina City. Since the city government has vowed to give tablets to all Grade 4 to 6 students, Salindiwa seeks to provide the students with internet access for the whole school year.
Salindiwa accepts monetary and in-kind donations. You may course your monetary contribution through the following:
Giving back to their alma mater, alumni of Isulan National High School in Sultan Kudarat launched Project e-SKUL, a fundraiser for the purchase of gadgets for students of the school.
Project e-SKUL accepts monetary and in-kind donations. You may send your monetary donations to:
For in-kind donations, Project e-SKUL accepts pre-loved and functioning smartphones, tablets, or laptops, as well as bond paper, printer ink, and infrared thermometers. You may drop off your donations at Ilagan Store, Crossing Laud, Kalawag 1, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, and look for Yumi Ilagan.
Students and alumni of Philippine Normal University-Manila joined forces and launched No Classmate Left Behind, an initiative to help the students in Metro Manila who are having problems with the shift to distance learning.
No Classmate Left Behind follows a process in selecting beneficiaries. Students who wish to become beneficiaries should send application requests indicating details about their household, as well as contact information of their former teachers for character reference.
As of August 9, 2020, No Classmate Left Behind has raised P96,174.40 and has selected the first batch of beneficiaries.
The initiative accepts monetary contributions. You may share your donations through:
Remember to send your name, contact information, and proof of donation to:
PI-EM Sent is an initiative of the Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology Supreme Student Council which aims to help the Ubo Elementary School-Lamfenek Extension in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
The initiative has raised enough funds for 5 boxes of bond paper, 150 envelopes, 5 bottles of ink refills for printers, 2 units of staplers, and 2 boxes of staple wires to help produce copies of modules.
You may course your donation through:
Under the Tabang Catandungan initiative of UP Catandungan Los Baños, Project GiveAByte aims to provide A4 bond paper and printer ink to schools in Catanduanes, and LTE SIM cards with 4 months worth of mobile data to 30 senior high school students in the province.
Project GiveAByte aims to raise P116,630. As of August 13, they have raised P53,797.11.
The initiative accepts monetary donations. You may send your donations to:
For more information, you may contact the initiative’s point person Ralph Perez at 0928-900-7628 or email UP Catandungan Los Baños at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The alumni of General Licerio Topacio National High School launched PapeLikom, a donation drive to help provide A4 bond paper, printer ink, and personal protective equipment to 6 schools in Imus, Cavite.
According to PapeLikom coordinator Ma. Vanessa Fanoga, they are aiming “to do something significant to help our fellow students who are currently struggling for online classes."
The initiative has raised P15,388.10 as of August 12 – 90.52% of their target.
PapeLikom accepts monetary donations and you may course your contributions through:
#PisoParaSaLaptop trended on social media as students preparing for the reopening of classes seek help from the community to purchase the necessary equipment for distance learning. (READ: #PisoParaSaLaptop: Students seek help for online learning)
As proof that they are legitimate students, some are sending their school IDs and grades from previous terms. Most of the donations are coursed through the digital wallet, GCash.
Here are some of the posts that MovePH helped amplify:
Patricia Lumanog,18, an incoming 2nd year Business Administration student at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina
Stephanie Ong, 20, an incoming 2nd year medical technology student at Chinese General Hospital Colleges
Joriza Lope,18, incoming Industrial Engineering student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Sta. Mesa
As of August 6, Lope was able to raise P93,000 and can now buy a laptop.