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Eastern Communications promotes digitalization in education sector

In line with Eastern Communications’ “Emerge for a Stronger Tomorrow” campaign, the telecommunications company continuously demonstrates its advocacy of supporting the education sector by promoting digital transformation and technological advancement.

Eastern Communications recently donated around 120 units of Cisco internet routers to the University of Sto. Tomas’ Faculty of Engineering. The department was selected to support the nation’s future tech and innovation leaders. This endeavor will allow the school’s instructors and students to have the necessary tools for their UST Networking Laboratory, network protocol simulations, and other educational needs.

As an advocate of democratizing digital solutions for all, Eastern is anticipating another round of router donations for more schools that are in need of connectivity tools. The telecommunications company has also been UST’s constant provider and longtime partner.

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“By providing them with the tools they need for their digital learning, we hope to communicate our values to the next generation of innovators and leaders. These are not only gifts; this is our way of promoting technological literacy and uplifting both youth and educators,” said Jed Estanislao, head of the Marketing Division, Eastern Communications.

Face-to-face classes

Eastern Communications also supports the return to face-to-face learning by partnering with the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (AmCham Philippines) Foundation’s Adopt-a-School Program.

Through AmCham’s initiative, Eastern Communications was able to provide for one of the program’s public school beneficiaries, Lunduyan na Pinagpala ng Panginoon Academy Inc. in Caloocan, by offering desktop units, as well as back-to-school health and hygiene kits for the whole student body.

With the Department of Education (DepEd) officially allowing schools to resume face-to-face classes, one of the biggest concerns is keeping children safe from the COVID-19 virus. The telco’s donation of back-to-school kits includes sanitary and personal hygiene items like temperature scanners, alcohol, face masks, and hand soaps that will help both students and teachers maintain good health and curb the spread of the virus.

The telco, together with other DMCI Homes Communities, supported DMCI’s Community Outreach Program for the refurbishment of the educational facilities at the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS). The outreach program includes the renovation of UPIS’ restrooms, playground, and the repainting of its building entry, among other areas.

Through the years, Eastern has launched various programs in support of the academic sector. These efforts include providing connectivity for public educational sites like the Mind Museum and BGC Arts Center and the launch of its “Onward: Nurturing Fearless Educators” webinar, in collaboration with DepEd. The latter event distributed Teacher’s Kits for a more effective online teaching experience. The company also launched its own “Eastern Playground”, a virtual hackathon for students created in collaboration with the Philippine Society of Information Technology (PSITE).