MANILA, March 19, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday accepted the second batch of e-learning gadget and school supply donation from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) during the turnover ceremony at South Harbor, Port Area.

BOC donated school bags, children’s books, school shoes, and e-learning materials, which will be turned over to Last Mile Schools program of DepEd.

Secretary Briones noted that the donation would help learners in the remote areas of the country.

“This batch of donation is especially significant for me. I am so delighted that you have backpacks, that you are distributing books in spite of all the advances, the technology. As per the shoes, you cannot imagine how precious this shoes are in places where kids are just wearing slippers or they go barefoot,” Secretary Briones said.

“You are helping us to continue education, despite of everything, despite of all the challenges, we continue our work, you raised the resources, we nurture our children, and together we will triumph,” she added.

The Education chief shared that DepEd already distributed the first batch of BOC’s donated e-learning gadgets to various schools in the country, prioritizing Last Mile Schools.

The signing of the deed of donation and acceptance was led by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

“We hope that this donation will help in filling-up the needs of our teachers and students for this materials especially in the countrysides,” Commissioner Guerrero said.

The ceremonial signing was attended by DepEd Undersecretaries Alain Del Pascua and Annalyn Sevilla, Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary Antonette Tionko, and Port of NAIA District Collector Carmelita Talusan.

The donation of e-learning materials and school supplies is aligned with Section 1141 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), which allows the donation of these goods to other agencies.