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6 Kalinga high schools receive new computers

by Larry Lopez

TABUK, KALINGA (2 October) -- Six government high schools are recipients of ten units of computer each under the Personal Computers for Public Schools program of the government.

The program, under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry, is now on its phase 3 in the province and has provided a total of 180 units of personal computers to public high schools since the program started in 2002. 100 units were distributed under Phase 1 in 2002 and 20 units under Phase 2 in 2004.

Wena Boston of DTI-Kalinga said the 60 new units went to Rizal National School of Arts & Trade (RNSAT)- Main, RNSAT Annex-Macutay, RNSAT Annex-Kinama, Sumadel National High School-Annex, Pasil National High School and Cal-oan Agricultural Vocational National High School.

Phase 3 brings to 13 the number of national high schools given personal computers under the program. There are 35 national high schools in the province.

The program was initiated by then DTI Sec. Mar Roxas, which continued until phase 3 even after the secretary left.

According to Boston,these computer units of the latest Compact and HP models,, are grant from Japan. Included in the grant package is a 3-year warranty from the Advance Solution, Inc (ASI).

On the selection of recipient schools, Boston said their office has no hand on it, except that they validate records and information of prospect schools. The screening is done by DepEd, she said.

Of the 8 towns of the province, Balbalan and Lubuagan have not received any unit because of the absence of regular power supply.

Under the PCPS program, these computer units can be shared with the community, provided they have agreements with the beneficiary schools. The program has greatly helped government schools in the province. (PIA-Tabuk) [top]

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