Saturday, October 6, 2007


By Marciano Paroy Jr.

Information technology (IT) is the buzzword these days in all fields – whether in governance, commerce, warfare, and all other areas. Especially in the field of education.
With the classroom as the setting where the youth undergo formal inception of knowledge, it has to be equipped with appropriate materials and gadgets that would hasten the learning process. The computer, undeniably, responds to this. All schools recognize that the preparation of schoolchildren to move higher in the educational ladder would be handicapped without their exposure to information technology.
So, fill the classrooms with computers, one might say. Until one realizes the problems attached to the very idea of acquiring computers. But it would not be as complicated as it may seem, if one knows where to go.
And the Kalinga-Apayao State College – Laboratory High School did exactly know where: the Congress.
As part of his program on furthering educational growth in Kalinga, Hon. Laurence Wacnang, Congressman for the province, responded to the request from a number of secondary schools in Kalinga by allocating budget for the purchase of computer units.
The allocation of budget was coursed through the Department of Education (Dep-Ed) Regional Office – CAR. The regional office then identified an IT company to serve as the conduit of the materials to be transferred to the recipient schools. For the Cordilleran schools, Hub Trading won the contract.
“There are now five schools in the province of Kalinga that have received their computer units, courtesy of the Congressman,” Antonio Zeta, Seminar Director for Hub Trading, said. Zeta handles the crash-course seminar for recipient schools on basic computer program operations. He observed that the trainees who attended the one-day seminar last October 19 at the Laboratory High School of the KASC were all advanced users. He added, “KASC is by far the luckiest school we have visited because the school has been given twenty units.”
The turn-over ceremony took place right after the training activity. Ms. Rosita Sakiwat, invoicing representative from the Dep-Ed – CAR, officially transferred twenty computer units complete with accessories, tables and swivel chairs worth P2,696,200.00 to KASC, with Mrs. Rosalina Gunaban, Director for Administration and Finance, receiving the properties in behalf of the College President, Eduardo Bagtang, who earlier solicited for the gadgets.
“Speaking for the KASC community, we are extending our deepest gratitude to the Congressman for his deep concern and interest in improving the quality of education in the province,” Ms. Corazon Osdeg, KASC-High School Principal, stressed. “We would also like to say thank you to our higher-ups at the Regional Office of Dep-Ed.”

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