Thursday, November 09, 2006
MISAMIS Oriental (MARICEL CASIÑO RIVERA / Nov 9) - Public schools in the province will benefit from an Internet literacy program launched by the capitol yesterday.
Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno has forged ties with a consortium of private companies and the Department of Education to connect 60 public high schools in the province through the internet under the Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS) program.
The program, which was launched in 2005, aims to improve access to online educational resources and communication tools that complement classroom learning.
“The GILAS program will change the course of the history of education. I can never be prouder to be part of the making of history. Many of us don’t realize how the world will be, this is it,” Moreno said during the launching of the project at the Dep-Ed- Misamis Oriental division.
Gilas recently celebrated the connection of 1,000 public high schools in the country to the internet. Gilas chair Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala believed that the program is not only strategic to the young adults but important as well in building the capabilities of the country in the ICT sector.
“This is the most important stage in the history of education in our country. But this is not as if it will just grow naturally, we have to nurture it. Kinahanglan lihokon that’s why we are here,” Moreno said.
Moreno is so excited about the project that he wants it implemented in Misamis Oriental the soonest possible time. He has asked the role players of the program to fasttrack its implementation and hoped that all school-beneficiaries will be internet-connected before his birthday on February next year.
Public high schools that are located in the remotest parts of the province will soon experience free access to electronic encyclopedias and high-tech learning materials thus boosting the quality of education in public schools.
The pressing need for internet literacy in public schools had brought together local government units, government agencies and even rival companies to form a multi-sectoral group engaged in the Gilas project.
Zobel de Ayala and co-chair Sen. Manuel Roxas II, lead Gilas and its steering committee, composed of CEOs from the country’s largest corporations including Apple, Bayantel, Digitel, Globe, IBM, Innove, Integrated Microelectronics Inc., Intel, Microsoft, Narra Ventures Capital, Philstar.com, PLDT, Smart, SPI Technologies.
For Misamis Oriental, Innove, a subsidiary of Globe, has offered to provide free unlimited internet access to the schools for one year.
Misortel, the telecommunication company owned and managed by the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental will be one of the lead players of the Gilas project in the province in collaboration with DCTech Micro Services, Inc.