Balanga public elementary schools will have their own broadband network
Gilda V. Llames
Bataan (19 February) -- Public elementary schools in Balanga will have
their own version of the broadband network in line with the city
government's objective of making every school in the area computer
literate and interconnected for better and faster exchange of
an initial step, Mayor Jose Enrique "Joet" Garcia distributed last
December 20 a laptop each to Balanga's 16 public elementary schools.
The computers were given out during the Christmas party of teachers and
employees of the Department of Education (DepEd), according to Merlinda
T. Tablan, principal of Cupang Elementary School, one of the
the provincial Management Information Service Office (MISO) of Bataan,
headed by Geoffrey Loyola, has started conducting trainings on
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for principals and heads
of beneficiary schools.
the training of the school heads, other teachers will likewise undergo
similar trainings until the skill, knowledge and technology shall have
been transferred ultimately to the students, Ms. Tablan stressed.
School learning action cells (SLAC) will be formed to facilitate training of beneficiaries within the school, Tablan said.
City Division's website is at present being prepared by a core team
composed of Annaliza Dispo, ICT coordinator of Balanga; Myla Capulong,
planning officer of Balanga DepEd ;Lorna Guinto, education supervisor;
Geoffrey Loyola of MISO and selected school heads.
preparation of the respective school sites will follow once the
division website is already in place, principal Tablan pointed out.
Tablan explained that "the fast pace of life nowadays requires that ICT be an essential component of education".
she added, calls for programs and projects that lead to the acquisition
of knowledge and skills that update learners to the latest demand in
is only the beginning of employing high technology in primary education
in Balanga and we are confident that this step will produce quality and
highly competitive students from the city", Tablan concluded.