GOVERNMENT CENTER, PALO, Leyte—The Department of Education (DepEd) in Leyte division continued the delivery of computer units to its schools as part of the department’s computerization program.
Ronel Boholano, the division’s in-charge of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) unit, said that about 90 percent of the schools in Leyte have already received at least one DCP package since 2010.
“Starting from batch 24 up to now the recent batches 44, there were more than 600 school recipients per year have been given at least one ICT equipment,” he said.
While saying that every DCP batch is composed of different components, Boholano said that this year, they have also delivered and installed DCP batches to remote schools and senior high schools under batch 36 to 44.
Aside from the distribution of computers, Boholano said their unit is focused on developing and giving technical assistance, educational leadership in promoting ICT in education, professional development of teachers in terms of ICT in education, crafting of policies and roadmaps that would facilitate integrating ICT in teaching and learning, and provision of learning resources and curriculum support.
Meanwhile, Boholano lauded schools that went an extra mile in soliciting support for their own computerization program, noting that the DCP Batch 24 is not enough for their schools.
He cited the efforts of Pining Paglingap Elementary School (PPES), a remote school in Tabango, Leyte, which have found a way to connect with their stakeholders and donors for additional used computers to their school
“It’s so heart-warming to see this kind of picture of schools using ICT as a tool for their students to get concepts of subjects across subject areas while at the same time teaching ICT as a subject,” Boholano said on the initiative of Carlo Ngoho, the school head of PPES.
Ngoho, who was one of the first 100 teachers who attended the pilot run of ICT literacy skills development last November 2015 in Tacloban City, said their school had received Batch 24 of DCP composed of one system unit and seven monitors.
With the help of its former principal Maristela Delalamon, their school was able to link with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for the donation of computers.
“We write a letter to BSP requesting them to give us numbers of used computers. They responded and gave us 10 desktop computers on August 3 this year,” Ngoho said.
“I am very happy that we will learn computer in our school,” said 11 years old Ronalyn Lapore, a Grade- 6 student.
Ivy Shane Rojas, a Grade 5 student, said they are “proud that even we are studying in the far-flung school we learn ICT skills just like what the pupils learn in city and town school.”
Ngoho also thanked the leadership of Leyte Schools Division Superintendent Ronelo Al Firmo “for the continuous support and monitoring of the program.” (RONALD O. REYES)