Eight schools situated in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) in Mati City received Starlink internet kits from the local government unit (LGU) of Mati City on Thursday.
The schools were chosen as beneficiaries due to having difficulty or totally not having access to the internet.
The beneficiaries are Licop Integrated School, Cangusan Elementary School, Bugacan Elementary School, Culian Integrated School, Catmonan Elementary School, Sanghay National High School, Lanca Integrated School, and Cabuaya Integrated School.
Included in the Starlink kit are the Starlink dish, base, router, 50-foot Starlink cable, and 6-foot AC cable.
The Department of Education (DepEd) will shoulder the P2,700 per month internet connection fee to Starlink.
The LGU of Mati City said an additional two Starlink internet kit will be arriving soon and will be distributed to other two GIDAs schools.
Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat said her administration would always give education a priority as it is important to improve the lives of children, particularly those in far-flung areas.
“Thus, we decided to provide Starlink units to 10 public schools located in our GIDA areas because they do not have internet connections there. And we want them to have access to internet. We want to give them the right tools to be better informed. I hope that this will be put to good use and that our students will mostly benefit from it,” Rabat told Edge Davao.
Rabat said there are still two more Starlink units that will be given to two other schools that are also part of GIDA in the coming days.
She is also hopeful that through Starlink connectivity, students in GIDA areas will be given access to the internet and improve their learning.