Quezon City Representative Precious Hipolito Castelo appealed to the government to get rid of taxes imposed on gadgets so they remain affordable for students and teachers.

Gadgets include computers, mobile phones, tablets, and other communication devices used for online or flexible learning. Besides 12% value-added tax, Castelo noted that customs and tariff duties are imposed on these imported gadgets.

The lawmaker also requested telecommunications companies (telcos) to better their Internet and mobile connectivity services, especially in rural areas. Recently, the Department of Education announced to move the start of classes for this year from August 24 to October 5 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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