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PIA Press Release
2007/06/14

Petron urged to set up Guimaras high schools as computer "terminals"

by ES Subong

Guimaras (14 June) -- President Gloria Arroyo urged Petron to transform the 17 high schools in Guimaras into "computer terminals" as part of its response to inadequate learning facilities in the island adversely hit by the solar oil spill, during her June 13 visit here.

The President said she was impressed with the rehabilitation done in 10 months by Petron and its partner agencies and institutions in the event of the oil spill, particularly the efforts along education, like the Petron Library Hub which she unveiled earlier.

Arroyo said that with the impressive facilities of the Petron Library which provides books and teaching resources for teachers and school administrators. She specifically mentioned the internet connection which facilitates book orders for books which they can borrow for 30 days, and the soft wares on teachers' trainings.

She asked Petron chairman and CEO Nicasio Alcantara that since Petron has been helping the Guimarasnons, why not complete the aid by making each of the 17 high schools in Guimaras "computer terminals" by providing internet connections so that the teachers can avail of on-line trainings and soft ware materials.

In his message during the opening of the Library Hub, Alcantara said they will not leave Guimaras and will continue its commitment to helping the Filipino youth overcome poverty through better education.

Petron Library Hub in Guimaras received an initial 36,000 books and is a joint undertaking by Petron with Saudi Aramco, Sa aklat Sisikat Foundation, petron Dealers Association, San Francisco Public Library and Bato Balani Foundation. (PIA 6) [top]

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