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PIA Press Release
2007/09/28

Davao Norte gov bats for cyber education

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (28 September) -- Davao del Norte governor Rodolfo del Rosario expressed strong support for the approval and implementation of the Department of Education's Cyber Education Project.

The former cabinet secretary admitted disappointment after the suspension of the Cyber Ed project brought about by the controversies linked to the National Broadband Network project which is now being investigated by the senate.

"The Department of Education deserves to get the biggest share of the country's budget since that must be taken as one of the priorities," he said.

He said it is only through upgrading the quality of education that the government would have an upper hand in bringing economic development in the country.

"I have nothing against secretary Jesli Lapus' intention of trying to improve the kind of education that we are giving to Filipinos."

He stressed that it is about time the government should do something for the Philippines to be at par with the kind of education that other developed and developing countries are giving to their people.

It is said that the Cyber Education is part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's education agenda which aims not just to bring more young people to school but also to ensure advanced and effective education to the students.

However, RDR challenged the government to carefully study both NBN and Cyber Education Projects from any trace of corruption.

"Before any approval of both projects, the issue of corruption and necessity must first be settled," he said.

Nevertheless, he also stressed that the Filipinos must not suffer the deprivation of basic projects such as the cyber education brought by too much politicking. "I have seen the need for upgrading our education system," He believed that the Filipinos deserve to receive and benefit from the cyber education project.

Education is part of the RDR WHEELS program that includes roads and infrastructure, development of cooperatives, peace and order, governance, economic development, livelihood skills, water and electricity. (PIA XI) [top]

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