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Angara seals deal with CICT, expediting IT knowledge in RP

Manila (5 February) -- Senator Edgardo J. Angara today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Mabuhay Satellite Corp. for the iSchool project, which will connect high schools in Aurora Province to the world wide web through satellite broadband.

"ICT is a tool to boost a country's overall competitiveness by improving the efficiency of production processes across sectors and industries, accelerating the growth of knowledge-based services, and empowering people to access unprecedented sources of information and markets," said Angara who chairs the Senate Committee on Science and Technology.

MOU for Aurora iSchools Broadband Internet: Senator Edgardo J. Angara (right, front row) today signed a memorandum of understanding with Mabuhay Satellite Corp. (MSC) represented by MSC President Gary Pimentel (seated second from right), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) represented by Secretary Conrado A. Limcaoco Jr (seated second from left), and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) represented by Secretary Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III, in simple ceremonies Friday (February 5) at the Manila Polo Club in Makati. The MOU will provide broadband internet connection to 20 pilot schools in Aurora Province under the CICT's iSchools Project, using VSATs and hub facilities of PIA, with satellite bandwidth provided by MSC who also manages the VSAT subsystem for PIA under the terms of the MOU. Standing from left are: Engr. Lorenza Ople-Cruz of PIA-PANP2 Project, PIA-MIS Director Betty Lou Penera, CICT Consultant Engr. Primitivo Nufable, CICT Commissioner Timoteo Diaz de Rivera, MSC Account Executive Beth Bautista, MSC VP Mon Fernando, French Consultant for PIA Jean Paul Delmon, French Site Manager for PIA-PANP2 Nicolas Fournier, PIA PANP Project Manager Virgilio Gaje, and French Consultant for PIA-PANP2 Jerome Poucin. (PIA)

Angara emphasized ICT's role in facilitating learning by allowing the youth to access unlimited sources of knowledge with speed and ease.

"By raising our educational standards, ICT proves to be a significant catalyst for national development," said Angara.

This is part of Angara's overall effort to promote and fully utilize ICT in the country.

"We hope to further promote ICT in the country as a tool to increase competitiveness, create jobs, improve government services, and empower Filipinos. During this particularly difficult period, we need every advantage that we can get. ICT is one way for us to have that advantage. The data and information, if we are able to utilize it properly, will allow us to make faster and better decisions, and react to crisis better, whether it be financial, or health related, or weather and crop forecasting. The possibilities of a unified ICT system in the country, led by the DICT, are endless," said Angara. (Sen. Angara's Office/PIA) [top]

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