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Commentary: CyberEd project must not be hindered by political hullabaloos

Tacloban City (October 10) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo couldn't be more right when she stressed that investments and infrastructure projects should not be hindered by controversies.

The government will not allow the $460 million Cyber Education Project to be waylaid because of political hullabaloos. It is planning to tap the academe to ensure that the project would suit the needs of the students.

As far as could be remembered, the detractors have always been critical and suspicious in every project the National Government enters into. The government must therefore take into consideration the benefits that the millions of Filipino students would get if the Cyber Education Project would push through.

The President has ordered the China Projects Oversight Panel under Secretary Favila to ensure that the very important project of Cyber Education would push through for the benefit of the millions of students. The panel will consult the Education Task Force under Father Ben Nebres of the Ateneo to ensure that the project will meet the students' needs.

The President also tapped the Procurement Transparency Group together with the Civil Society for Procurement Reform to see to it that the processes in completing the project would be open and transparent.

For his part, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, during his interaction with the media in his office said that the Cyber Education Project must not be cancelled just because of what happened to the NBN Project.

Governor Petilla sees the Cyber Education Project is the answer to the perennial problem of lack of teachers especially in the hinterlands where no teacher accepts assignment.

The Cyber Education is also an answer to the lack of school books in the public schools, Governor Petilla added.

Indeed, the Cyber Education Project will bridge the gap between urban and rural schools with the use of satellite technology to beam televised lectures to students and teachers in far-flung municipalities and barangays. What a better way to prove that there is equality in the right to education. (PIA 8) [top]

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