SMART COMMUNICATIONS, Inc. has partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) on a project that will bring a million public school teachers online. 

The connection will be through SIM cards with Smart Giga Study plans, which is funded under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan II.  

The SIM cards will be distributed to the teachers for use in online teaching and student interactions amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) restrictions, the wireless arm of PLDT, Inc. said in a press release on Wednesday.  

“The Department has procured the sim cards and connectivity load from our external partner for all the teaching and non-teaching personnel to ensure ease in communication and unhampered delivery of services amid the crisis,” DepEd Undersecretary Alain Del B. Pascua said.  

The SIM cards will be linked to CuroTeknika Helpdesk, which will manage monthly load disbursement to the teachers. The data package gives users access to productivity tools such as the Google Suite and Microsoft 365.  

“We are committed to delivering solutions for the Department of Education so that they may continue supporting the faculty of government learning institutions across the country,” Smart Communications President and Chief Executive Officer Alfred S. Panlilio said.  

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