In its commitment to educating the youth during these trying times, Samsung has partnered with the Quezon City government for the supply and delivery of tablets for the newly adopted distance learning modality of the Department of Education for the school year 2020-2021.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has awarded the contract to local contractor Trireal Enterprise along with its joint venture partner Radenta Technologies Inc. after a bidding process.
Samsung, through Trireal Enterprise, would provide 176,000 tablets worth P1.2 billion to Grade 7 to 12 public school students in the city for their distance learning.
“Samsung is one of the leading global brands when it comes to cutting-edge gadgets and electronics. We are fully aware of its outstanding track record and we are confident that they can provide good quality tablets to our students that will last for years,” Belmonte said in a statement.
Samsung lowered the unit price of their tablets to around $143 (P6,950) from the suggested retail price of P7,990 to meet the city’s budget of a little over $144 (P7,000) per unit, without sacrificing the hardware specifications set by the local government.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A’s tablet specifications include a quad-core minimum operating system (Android 9), an internal memory of 32GB ROM + 2 GB RAM, a minimum microSD storage capacity of up to 256GB, at least a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front camera. It also has Wi-Fi or WLAN connectivity.
“Our goal for this project is to ensure that the gadgets of our public school students are at par with those of their private school peers,” Belmonte added.
Samsung has also installed special safety features to ensure that students will only use the tablet for their learning purposes and will not have access to unsafe websites and applications.
The funds for the project were allocated from the Special Education Fund as approved by the city’s Local School Board in support of the Quezon City Schools’ learning continuity program.