News Release

LDSC Donates Close to P700K Audio-Video Equipment to DepEd - San Carlos City

Facilitating online learning for the city's public school pupils and students will be made easier through the cost-free instructional support package

Latter-day Saints Charities (LDSC), the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, donated close to Php 700,000 worth of audio-visual equipment to the Carlos and Carlene (CCN) Broadcast Center at the Department of Education (DepEd) - San Carlos City Schools Division Office (SDO) in Pangasinan on October 27. This was done in support of DepEd's Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) under the SDO's Project FreE, which aims to foster education continuity and sustainability wherever learners are.

The donation included 1 desktop, 1 laptop, 2 backup power supplies, 1 HDMI live stream switcher, 2 digital single-lens reflex cameras, 2 digital audio recorders, other audio-video accessories, and broadcast equipment.

Undersecretary Tonisito M.C. Umali, DepEd Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships, and Project Management Service, commended LDSC for the donations. He said, "Thank you for donating equipment that will assist the students in their online-based learning."

Representing Regional Director Tolentino Aquino, Career Executive Service (CES) Sarah Casuga expressed her appreciation and gratitude to LDSC for the handover of donations. She said, "We are grateful for these donations! It will greatly benefit many of the students."

The audio-visual instructional support equipment will be serving 75 schools in San Carlos City with a total of 54, 092 learners and 2,331 teachers.

Representatives from the LDSC and DepEd signed a memorandum of agreement during the handover ceremony. Inking the memorandum were San Carlos City Vice Mayor Joseres S. Resuello; Dr. Lourdes D. Servito, DepEd – San Carlos City Schools Division Superintendent; Abenir V. Pajaro, Philippines Area Welfare and Self-Reliance Manager; and, Jairus C. Perez, Area Welfare Manager and Latter-day Saint Charities Country Director.

Villamor Q. Gloria, Chief-School Governance and Operations Division Education Supervisor, said, "We envision the project to be future-ready by providing an alternative mode of learning delivery. With these donations, we plan to put up a broadcast and recording center here where live lessons will be broadcast via Facebook and YouTube to all learners in the city. The recordings will be available on-demand for those who cannot view the lessons live."

Speaking about the Church's efforts, Welfare and Self-Reliance Regional Manager Gerry Guerra shared, “The Church emphasizes the importance of continued secular and spiritual education. Because of this project, nothing can stop our learners from acquiring more knowledge even amid this ongoing pandemic."

Also present during the handover ceremony were Honorable Elpidio R. Fermin Jr., San Carlos City Councilor; Dr. Marilu N. Cardenas, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent; Jun Carrera, Chairman on Committee of Education; Bishop Rogin S. Diaz, Federated Parents-Teachers Association (FPTA) President; President Richard and Jesel Manahan, Philippines Urdaneta Mission Leaders; President Jimmy D. Cancino, Bayambang Philippines Stake President; Elder Dell and Sister Deni Hill, LDSC Humanitarian missionaries; and other SDO Personnel of San Carlos City DepEd.

Latter-day Saint Charities 

Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC) is an application of the admonition of Jesus Christ to help others in need. Jesus Christ taught His followers to give meat to the hungry and drink to those who thirst. His gospel includes taking in the stranger, loving neighbors as self, and visiting those who are sick or imprisoned. He taught that we love and care for each other, visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions, and lift those whose hands hang down and whose knees are feeble. 

Unique in its support structure, LDSC has access to the resources of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which include food production and processing, donated used clothing, employment and social services, and the ability to purchase goods locally in many parts of the world. We sponsor relief and development projects in 179 countries. 

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