After a rigorous bidding process, the Quezon City government has awarded the contract for the supply and delivery of tablets for the newly adopted distance learning modality of the Department of Education for the school year 2020-2021.

Local contractor Trireal Enterprise who won the contract will provide 176,000 Samsung tablets worth P1.2 billion to Grade 7 to 12 public school students for their distance learning.

During the granting of notice of award, Mayor Joy Belmonte said Trireal Enterprise, along with its joint venture partner Radenta Technologies Inc., was selected after going through the proper bidding procedures.

The Mayor also expressed admiration to Samsung for their commitment to educating our youth during these trying times by tailor-fitting their devices to address learning needs. They also lowered the unit price of their tablets to Php 6950 from the suggested retail price of Php 7990 to meet the city’s budget of Php 7000 per unit, without sacrificing the hardware specifications set by the city government.

“Samsung is one of the leading global brands when it comes to cutting-edge gadgets and electronics. We are fully aware of its outstanding track record and we are confident that they can provide good quality tablets to our students that will last for years,” Belmonte said.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A has met the required tablet specifications published by the city government, which include a quad-core minimum operating system (Android 9), an internal memory of 32GB ROM + 2 GB RAM, a minimum microSD storage capacity of up to 256GB, at least 5-megapixel rear camera, and 2-megapixel front camera. The tablets must also have WiFi or WLAN connectivity.

“Our goal for this project is to ensure that the gadgets of our public school students are at par with those of their private school peers,” Belmonte added.

Special safety features have been installed by Samsung to ensure that students will only use the tablet for their learning purposes and will not have access to unsafe websites and applications.

The funds for the project were allocated from the Special Education Fund as approved by the city’s Local School Board in support of the Quezon City Schools’ learning continuity program.