- Gapan Mayor Emeng Pascual announced that the city government would provide an internet connection to every home needing it
- The mayor initiated this plan to help the students have access to online classes as part of the new normal in education
- He was once again commended for his action that goes beyond the expectations of his constituents
With the new normal, distance learning via online classes is one of the options considered. This means that having a decent internet connection is an advantage for a student. However, some parents worry about this new move since it would entail an additional expense.
But Mayor Emerson D. Pascual of Gapan, Nueva Ecija, announced in a video that the local government has funds and will install fiber internet in the whole city. It will be connected from their command center.
“Lalatagan ko po ng internet ang lahat ng bahay na gustong magpakabit dito sa lungsod ng Gapan, “ he said. And if people would worry about the cost, the mayor added that since it is the city hall who owns the connection, they may only collect Php 50 per house.
Based on a telco’s website, the lowest rate for a fiber internet connection for 10 MBPS is at Php1,299.
Residents and non-residents praised the Gapan mayor for his initiative.
“Ay, si mayor laging the best. Sana lahat po ganyan, ‘di natatakot gumastos para sa nasasakupan nila. You’re such a blessing to all the people of Gapan.”
“Mayor, sobra na po ginagawa n’yo pagtulong sa mga nasasakupan ninyo. Naiinggit na po kami. Sana all gayahin kayo. God bless po.”
“Kakaiba ka talaga, mayor. God bless you always. Saludo po ako sa inyong mga magagandang adhikain sa bayan ninyo.”
Mayor Emeng is among the well-applauded mayors during the pandemic because of his commendable service to his constituents. While other cities receive a kilo or a couple more during the lockdown, he distributed one sack of rice per household in which some he personally carried. He gave chicken, vegetables, eggs and frozen goods to his people. He also gave cash aid to the senior citizens in the city.
Even with the lack of funds coming from the local government, this was made possible because he donated his salary worth Php4.5 million. He also shelled out from his pocket and collected some from his father and sister.
Classes are scheduled to start on August 24, 2020 and end on April 30, 2021. Teaching will be via blended learnings, distance learnings, and homeschooling and other modes of delivery depending on the local COVID Risk Severity Classification.
Watch his video here which has reached over 45k shares!