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Schools, LGUs in Siquijor receive PCs

by Rizalie A. Calibo

Siquijor (17 October) -- At least eight high schools and two Local Government Units (LGUs) in the province of Siquijor received brand-new computers with printers and peripherals from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)'s Personal Computers for Public Schools (PCPS) project.

The project is the agency's response to the compelling challenges posed by the fast-emerging Knowledge Economy. It aims to enhance the IT skills of Filipino youth as the country's future knowledge workers and promote IT culture in the Philippine classrooms as an avenue to develop Filipinos' skills to be at par with global standards.

The Philippines is now recognized for its competitive advantage in the IT services sector, being the second largest producer of computer services in Asia, next only to India, and having been ranked Number 4 worldwide in the category "Knowledge Jobs" in the 2002 Global New Economy Index by US-based Meta Group Research.

Through the project, the DTI strives to maintain this advantage and to provide a continuous pool of manpower in the IT sector, while promoting the need to incorporate IT in the basic levels of education by providing computers to public high schools.

Since its inception, the project has already established computer laboratories in 2,228 public high schools nationwide, distributed 32,240 brand new computers equipped with updated software, trained 24,389 high teachers on the use of computer technology as a tool for teaching and learning, and on basic PC operations, troubleshooting and preventive maintenance, and provided 250 pilot LGUs with computer package consisting of one computer-server and four workstations installed with eLGU application systems

Following is the list of schools and LGUs in Siquijor which received packages of PCs with accompanying printers and peripherals:

Name of SchoolNo. of PCsNo. of Printers
PCPS Phase-3 (July-August 2006)
Lazi National Agricultural School101
Candaping High School101
Basac High School101
Ponong High School101
Cang-alwang National High School101
PCPS Phase-2 (April 2004)
Banban National High School102
Name of LGUNo. of PCsNo. of Printers
Lazi5 (including 1 server)1
Enrique Villanueva5 (including 1 server)1
PCPS Phase-1 (April 2002)
Name of SchoolNo. of PCsNo. of Printers
Siquijor Provincial Science High School202
Campalanas National High School202
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