The Department of Education (DepEd) might not be able to provide laptops and other gadgets needed for distance learning, not unless the central government grants authority to use the agency’s funds.

“On the procurement of laptops, I don’t want to dwell on that because the budget that we have right now, as we all know, there should be a law which is the General Appropriations Act to authorize that particular expenditure,” said DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali.

Although Umali clarified that they are finding ways to realign or request funds for that purpose that is subject to existing laws. The DepEd remains non-committal because there is no guarantee that it will get an additional budget.

Earlier, the Teacher’s Dignity Coalition (TDC) called on the DepEd to provide teachers, especially in public schools, laptop computers that will be used for the implementation of online distance learning when classes resume on August 24.

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