LSB invests on laptops to upscale access to technology for San Juan learners
The Local School Board (LSB) of San Juan City recently purchased a total of 151 computer laptops as part of its modernization program to upscale access to technology for San Juan City learners. Each unit already came with licensed Windows 10 operating system and a Microsoft Office program suited for the kind of work needed in the school for increased efficiency. Likewise, it has 1 Terabyte built-in hard drive that runs on a 4GB ram memory with NVidia GEForce graphics and an installed anti-virus which ensures high productivity for digital work necessary in the 21st century learning. With these specifications, it is envisioned to enhance classroom interaction that will generate critical and creative thinking among the learners as they gain access to the benefits of this high-powered technology.
[endif]--In the Turn-Over Ceremony held on 30 May 2019 at Pinaglabanan Elementary School, Mayor Guia Gomez remarked, “We are committed to ensure that we close the gaps that hinder quality education in the city. I believe our children deserve our priority in seeking ways to make learning fun and relevant for their needs in this digital age. Even in the last stretch of my public service, I see to it that we leave a legacy that will inspire hope in all of us to continue what we have started.”
The school heads, master teachers, grade level leaders, special program coordinators, supervisors, and other DepEd officials joyfully applauded the local Chief Executive for her accomplishments in the sector. In the subsequent speech, OIC-Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez said, “It is our privilege to work with a generous Mayor who has consistently shown her love and support all these years for the development agenda we have in education. All the programs, projects, and activities will not be possible with the meager budget we have. But through her leadership, we are able to give our deliverables to our stakeholders with dignity and a certain brand of excellence.”
On that note, the top DepEd San Juan official gave the esteemed Mayor the Kabalikat Award in grateful recognition of the strong partnership the organization has with the local government. OIC-Asst. Schools Division Superintendent Ms. Flordelisa D. Pereyra and Administrative Officer Mr. Allan Eliezer Mal-in assisted with the awarding as a similar plaque was given to Senator Joseph Victor E. Ejercito for his relentless commitment to the youth of San Juan.
Moreover, Mr. Wyeth Jo M. Cadauan of Kabayanan Elemantary School gave his vote of thanks on behalf of the San Juan teachers. He quipped, “We will never forget the many times that you’ve shown your big heart to us, our beloved Mayor. Thank you for always listening to our voices. Dios ti agngina (God bless!)” And true to his passion as the president of the San Juan Public School Elemantary Teachers, he rendered a heart-felt poem as a testament of gratitude for all the blessings that the teachers received in her years of service.
Special appreciation was likewise extended to the members of the Local School Board that comprised of the following: Mayor Guia G. Gomez as the Chairperson; Dr. Alejandro G. Ibanez as the Co-Chairperson; Ms. Flordelisa D. Pereyra, the OIC-Asst. Schools Division Superintendent; City Councilor Richard Peralta, the Chairman of the Education Committee; Ms. Grace P. Perono, the Representative of the Federation of the General Parents Teachers Association; Mr. Allan Eliezer M. Mal-in, the Representative of the Non-teaching Personnel; Mr. Wyeth Jo M. Cadauan, the representative of the San Juan Teachers; Atty. Ranulfo B. Dacalos, the CityAdministrator; Ms. Liza S. Tiomico, the City Budget Officer; and Ms. Rosette F. Laquian, the City Treasurer.
Meanwhile, an orientation ensued to guide the recipients on the proper accountabilities of the laptop. Division Supply Officer Hasmin Anne V. Madriaga facilitated the discussion on the protocols. Each recipient was given an official document that outlines the responsibilities expected of them as the caretaker of the laptop with the end view that usage of such would place the learners at the core of their service.
The turn-over ceremonies ended on a positive note as the recipients vow to use the laptop in aid of digital teaching. In the words of Queen Rania of Jordan, “In education, technology can be a life-changer, a game changer, for kids who are both in school and out of school. Technology can bring textbooks to life. The internet can connect students to their peers in other parts of the world. It can bridge the quality gaps.”
Article written by:
Marnelli B. Tolentino (Education Program Supervisor - English)