Polomolok high school gets computers, internet links

The CLIC program, managed by the USAid-funded Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) program, is part of the US government’s support to the peace and development initiatives in Mindanao.

Sonny Mendoza Jr., a member of the GEM communication team, said the Nicolas Barreras National High School (NBNHS) in Barangay Glamang, Polomolok will receive a CLIC package that includes high-end computers and satellite or microwave-based Internet connection equipment.

“This is part of GEM’s continuing computer literacy program for students and teachers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and conflict-affected areas in Mindanao,” he told MindaNews.

Mendoza said US Ambassador Kristie Kenney will personally turn over the CLIC package to officials and students of NBNHS Friday.

Kenney will be accompanied by USAid-Philippines mission director Jon Lindborg, economic growth advisor Robert Barnes and GEM program manager Dr. Charles Feibel, a GEM advisory said.

GEM’s CLIC program provides satellite or microwave-based Internet connections, up to 10 computers, a local area network, a printer, software, e-books on computers and the internet and a range of reference materials.

“Through the CLIC program, students would be able to establish email accounts, communicate with other students throughout the world and conduct Internet-based research on various academic topics,” GEM said.

GEM said the CLIC program is being implemented with the assistance of private companies and foundations that includes Microsoft Corporation, Intel, IBM and the Ayala Foundation Inc. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)