PLDT Inc. and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) are boosting with connectivity the pilot run of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Mobile E-Learning Hub in Barangay Cabancalan, Mandaue City.

“We are honored to be part of this project that perfectly aligns with our advocacy to bring inclusive quality education to hard-to-reach communities. With the combined efforts of the AFP and its partner organizations, we can surely impact more lives, especially in the marginalized sector,” said Marylou B. Gocotano, Stakeholder Management Visayas Relations Head at PLDT and Smart.

SCHOOL-IN-A-BAG. PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications, Inc. donate a School-in-a-Bag package to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to enhance the learning experience of the Mobile E-Learning Hub’s beneficiaries. In the photo are (from left) Tiarra Cabilla, Smart Stakeholder Management Officer; Marylou Gocotano, PLDT and Smart Stakeholder Management Visayas Relations Head; and Maj Joe Patrick A. Martinez PA, Group Commander of the 3rd Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP and Mobile E-Learning Hub Project Officer.
SCHOOL-IN-A-BAG. PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications, Inc. donate a School-in-a-Bag package to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to enhance the learning experience of the Mobile E-Learning Hub’s beneficiaries. In the photo are (from left) Tiarra Cabilla, Smart Stakeholder Management Officer; Marylou Gocotano, PLDT and Smart Stakeholder Management Visayas Relations Head; and Maj Joe Patrick A. Martinez PA, Group Commander of the 3rd Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP and Mobile E-Learning Hub Project Officer. Credit: SMART COMMUNICATIONS

First launched by the AFP in Central Visayas, the Mobile E-Learning Hub project aims to empower communities, especially the out-of-school youth and adults in far-flung areas, through education and digital upskilling programs.

As its official telco partners, PLDT and Smart provided fast and reliable connectivity powered by PLDT Home, addressing the connectivity needs of the teachers and learners to help maximize the digital tools available in the hub.

In addition to teaching the children and the youth in Cabancalan, this initial deployment of the Mobile E-Learning Hub also seeks to enable adult residents through the various entrepreneurial and skills development content provided by its partner government agencies.

“On top of securing and protecting our constituents, we also aim to bring programs that could help uplift our communities. Through this meaningful collaboration with government agencies and private institutions, we can further provide quality education and conduct digital training that could help the people we serve become more productive individuals and help them land better job opportunities,” said Maj Joe Patrick A. Martinez PA, Group Commander of the 3rd Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP and Mobile E-Learning Hub Project Officer.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, together with representatives from its partner government agencies and private institutions, pose for a group photo during the launch of the Mobile E-Learning Hub at Barangay Cabancalan in Mandaue City, Cebu. (Photo courtesy of 3rd Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines)
Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, together with representatives from its partner government agencies and private institutions, pose for a group photo during the launch of the Mobile E-Learning Hub at Barangay Cabancalan in Mandaue City, Cebu. (Photo courtesy of 3rd Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines) Credit: 3rd Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines

PLDT and Smart also donated a School-in-a-Bag (SIAB) package to enhance the learning experience of the Mobile E-Learning Hub’s beneficiaries, allowing them to have access to technology, connectivity, and additional learning content.

SIAB is a portable digital classroom that includes a laptop, 10 tablets, a Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi with load allocation, and a teacher’s guide. Each package also has digital educational materials such as contextualized Learning Activity Sheets (LAS) and 10 #LearnSmart apps that teach literacy and numeracy in the Mother Tongue.

 A beneficiary of the Mobile E-Learning Hub from Cabancalan, Mandaue City explores the #LearnSmart apps in the School-in-a-Bag package that teach literacy and numeracy in the Mother Tongue. (Photo courtesy of 3rd Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines)
A beneficiary of the Mobile E-Learning Hub from Cabancalan, Mandaue City explores the #LearnSmart apps in the School-in-a-Bag package that teach literacy and numeracy in the Mother Tongue. (Photo courtesy of 3rd Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines)

PLDT and Smart’s effort to support like-minded organizations in elevating quality education and boosting livelihood in last-mile communities is part of their commitment to help the country achieve UNSDG No. 4: Inclusive Quality Education and UNSDG No. 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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