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ICT now in more public high school classrooms

ROXAS CITY (5 October) -- An additional 11 public secondary schools in Capiz are recipients of 10 computer sets each under the Personal Computers for Public Schools Project (PCPS) of the government.

Capiz First District Rep. Rodriguez Dadivas turned over the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipments to the officials of the recipient-schools during a turnover ceremony held last Sept. 28 at Hipona National High School, together with DTI Provincial Director Rebecca Rascon and Pontevedra Mayor Arturo Tumlos, Jr.

The project is jointly implemented by the Government of Japan and the Government of the Philippines through the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and GILAS Foundation with the support of the Congress of the Philippines and local government units.

Dadivas said the project is a manifestation of the government’s resolve to give the best quality of education to Filipino students who he said play a vital role in nation-building.

The youth are the most valuable resource of the nation, Dadivas said. He added that all children of school age should be inside the classrooms.

Representatives from other government agencies and offices involved in the project were present at the ceremony including Roxas City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Jesse Gomez, Dr. Angel Fayo, Jr of the Division of Capiz, Mayor Ma. Rita Lyn Patricio of Pilar, Vice Mayor Generoso Derramas of Panitan, representatives of other town mayors, other local officials, Hipona Punong Barangay Fernie Oquendo, and Hipona National High School PTCA President Ditas Tumlos Beldia.

The project, which was launched in 2002 in the province and is now on its third phase, was conceived to introduce the use of computers as educational tools as well as raise the level of computer literacy among students in public schools.

More than 500 sets have been distributed to schools in the entire First and Second congressional districts of the province.

The DTI, the lead agency of the project, also has a program for local government units under the E-LGU. So far, the towns of Pilar, President Roxas, Maayon, Sapian, Jamindan, Tapaz, Dumarao, Dumalag and Dao have acquired 5 computer sets each under the E-LGU program.

The new batch of 11 high schools in the first district are Cabug-Cabug National High School, President Roxas; Capiz National High School and Dumulog National High School in Roxas City; Casanayan National High School, Dulangan National High School and San Nicolas National High School in Pilar; Doña Florentina Degala (Cabungahan) National High School and Tuburan National High School in Maayon; Pontevedra National High School and Hipona National High School in Pontevedra; and Panitan National High School in Panitan.

The government has included ICT initiatives as part of the components of the overall economic program of the Arroyo administration that is reaping gains as shown by a myriad of indicators highlighted lately by the remarkable surge in the exchange value of the Philippine peso.

Malacañang said the economy is on a roll and the present economic gains can only be sustained if everyone joins the Administration’s call for unity and cooperation. (PIA-JSC) [top]

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