GenSan LGU to distribute 250 PCs to public schools

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Nov) – The city government is set to distribute around 250 more personal computers (PCs) to various public schools here as part of the continuing implementation of its enhanced computer literacy program (CLP).

Percival Pasuelo, executive assistant for information technology of the city mayor’s office, said 11 more public high schools will receive 10 to 20 PCs in December and in January to facilitate the establishment of their computer and speech laboratories.

He said the distribution of the additional PCs was aimed at further improving the capacities of the computer laboratories of local public schools as conduits of the city’s SHEEP-CLP initiative.

SHEEP stands for Social Transformation, Human Empowerment, Economic Diversification, Environment Security and Regeneration and Participatory Governance and Transparency, which are the city’s main development thrusts.

The city government earlier launched the CLP as a major component of the SHEEP program’s education-related initiatives.

He said the recipients of the brand new PCs are Banisil High School, Buayan High School, Bawing High School, Buscano High School in Barangay Oympog, Johnny Ang High School in Barangay Katangawan, Ligaya High School, Paopao High School in Barangay Sinawal, Samboang-Ngilay High School in Barangay Batomelong, SPED Integrated School in Barangay San Isidro, Upper Labay National High School and Valdomar High School in Barangay Mabuhay.

“The remaining computers will be earmarked for the elementary schools’ speech and computer laboratories,” Pasuelo said in a statement.

Based on SHEEP-CLP’s records, the city government’s continuing PC distribution program will reach 485 units by January next year.

Pasuelo said the local government started providing local high schools with computers for their speech and computer laboratories in July 2011.

Three high schools initially received 40 PCs and two more schools were granted with 25 units last February, he said.

The official said that from April to November this year, the city government distributed 165 PCs to 11 public high schools and the offices of the city’s persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

Pasuelo said SHEEP-CLP was launched by the local government in 1999 as implementing arm for its information technology programs.

He said it has helped local public schools in putting their own computer laboratories as well as provided consultancy and training to pupils, students and teachers on basic computer operations.

The city government earlier introduced a “re-engineered” SHEEP-CLP in a bid to mainstream information and communication technology (ICT) education among residents within the city’s 26 barangays.

Through its partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the local government introduced a series of ICT trainings and seminars featuring various computer-based technologies and skills in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.

The ICT modules covered call center training, AutoCAD drafting and design, computer animation, digital caricature and comic strip making, web and video blogging, basic computer programming, audio-visual presentation making, digital recording for bands, electronic music integration and “Facebook for senior netizens.

Pasuelo said they recently introduced additional computer training modules, among them the robotics for high schools.

“More participants across all sectors have benefitted from the free training. Hardware, software and technical support are continuously offered by the local government,” he said.

He added that more innovations will be introduced by next year in support of the Philippine Digital Strategy 2011-2016 and “to prepare local residents to be globally competitive in terms of new technologies.” (Allen V. Estabillo / MindaNews)