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Davao Light, Foundation give computers to school

Davao City (1 September) -- High school students as well as teachers in remote Tagakpan National High School in Tugbok District will now have better opportunity to stand equal to - if not better than - their peers in secondary schools in the more urban areas of Davao City. Tagakpan is some 25 kilometers from the city proper.

This after the Aboitiz-owned electric utility Davao Light and Power Co. and its social development arm, the Aboitiz Group Foundation, Inc. (AGFI) donated four (4) brand new Pentium 4 computers with printers to the school. The units which are also provided with the necessary software will augment some old existing computers currently used by the school for its students information technology (IT) education.

Early this year the school wrote Davao Light to request for computer units even as it committed to provide a secured computer laboratory where it can hold IT skills classes for both its students and teachers.

The donation is covered with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which Davao Light, AGFI, and Tagakpan National High School signed last August 15. The actual delivery of the units to the school was done last Wednesday, August 23.

Under the MOA the school shall ensure that the units are used to provide the students the basic operating skills of computers. The teachers can also hone up their IT knowledge using the same units when these are not use in IT classes. The school shall also be responsible in the maintenance of the units as well as of the accompanying printers.

Computer donations to qualified public high schools is a continuing project of Davao Light and AGFI. This is a component of the Aboitiz-owned electric utility's support to efforts at improving the quality of public education. To date some 25 public high schools have been recipient of the company's computer donations since l998. (DLPC) [top]

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