Public elem schools in Dgte benefit from e-classroom

By Jennifer C. Tilos


Photo op during the launching of ICT upgrading system led by DOST Regional Director Richard Burgos (center) together with partners: (l-r, seated) Provincial Adminstrator Dr. Henry Sojor, Don Ramas Uypitching of RCDE, Badeeh Naifeh of Rotary International, Dr. Evangel Luminarias and Dr. Juliet Jeruta of DepEd, Gilbert Arbon of DOST, and Dr. Dino Dipositario of LGU Dumaguete.


About 25,000 pupils in 18 public elementary schools in the city will now be provided with information and communications technology (ICT) tools in the classroom to increase learners to operate in an information age.

Under the innovative ICT-based learning system or e-classroom upgrading, a wireless computer network will be installed in each of the computer laboratory in the 18 public grade schools.

Pupils from Grades 3 to 8 will be able to use the computer learning centers using their tablets.

Science and Technology Provincial Director Gilbert Arbon of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said the schools that have this system will no longer use the conventional desktop but use a wireless network with the server and WiFi router.

“Since there are free open source content providers available like the Kulebre platform, the DOST’s STARBOOKS digital library which has a lot of information related to science and technology, especially in the Philippine context on sciences, can now be accessed by the pupils and teachers,” explained Arbon.

The ICT upgrading initiative is a joint project of the Rotary International with Rotary Club Dumaguete-East (RCDE) as host institution partnering and the city government of Dumaguete providing the hardware for the schools under Department of Education (DpeEd), and DOST which also offered some of the equipment to the schools.

Rotary International represented by Badeeh “Bud” Naifeh said his club provided about $67,000 for the project, of which the city also has a counterpart of $42,000 for the purchase of computer hardware.

Rotary is now providing tablets to each pupil to lessen the electricity bills too.

“As a peace corps volunteer, I saw these under privileged children here do not have access to computer learning. I think this project is a wonderful gift for the children allowing them to be more proficient in English and be more proficient in Math because this kind of computer learning in computer that they are going to experience in their lives,” said Naifeh.

Rotary’s goal is to provide and teach the young people the benefits of educations to break the cycle of poverty.

This prompted the Rotary to start with Grade 3 pupils.

That means they will be competitive when they reach in high school and later on also in college which IT education is needed to digital economy, said Naifeh.

For her part, DepEd Provincial Superintendent Evangel Luminarias said the partnership between the local government unit of Dumaguete, DOST, Rotary, and DepEd provides opportunities for pupils to enhance quality education.

RCDE Past President Don Ramas Uypitching also pledged to DOST that Ramas Uypitching Sons Inc. (RUSI) Foundation will donate at least 10 kiosks in public high schools in the city.

“But as we have experienced, the more needy ones are those in the farthest barangays and so we will need recommendations from DepEd Negros Oriental, of which schools are the most remote ones that really need our attention and support,” said Uypitching.

“I will extend also my donation of computers to San Carlos City where Regional Director Richard Burgos of DOST7 comes from because the city is also close to my heart,” he added.

The benefaction will be done thru RUSI Foundation, RCDE, and Free Masons.

“What is important is letting our pupils learn from this hardware, these computers that are made available to them, said Uypitchin



Cebuano News: Electric company mi “energize sa off-grid NegOr schools”

By Leandria Pagunsan

Mikabat sa 8 ka tunghaan sa Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of Negros Oriental ang nakutayan na sa kuryente pinaagi sa School Electrification Program (SEP) sa One Meralco Foundation (OMF). 

Gipahigayon ang ceremonial turn-over sa Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System, Multimedia Equipment ug sa Energy Education Flash Cards niadtong Agosto 26 sa DepEd Region Vll-Sub Regional Office sa Dumaguete City.

Gitumong sa SEP pag “energize” sa tunghaang  publiko sa mga lagyong lugar sa bukirang bahin tibook nasud aron mapauswag ang “learning experience”  sa mga estudyante sa mga “off-grid schools.”

Ang 8 ka tunghaang nahatagan sa multi-media package naglakip sa 49-inch LED TV, laptop computer ug print scanner gikan sa “Employees’ Fund for Charity, Inc. (MEFCI) sa Meralco.

Ang mga tunghaang bag-ohay lang nga na“energized” mao ang Apo elementary School sa Dauin; Bago-bago Elementary School, Kanggabok Elementary School, Pedro R. Abul Memorial High School ug San Isidro Elementary School sa Sta. Catalina, Salingkubong Elementary School ug Nawacat Elementary School sa Siaton ug Palay Elementary School sa Manjuyod.

Sa gihimong ceremonial turn-over, mibutyag si DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones nga ang edukasyon dili mo uswag kung walay sugang dagitab ug kuryente ang tunghaan.

Adunay ambisyon ang DepEd tumong sa 21st century education skills nga mohatag ug kahigayonan sa mga gradwado sa senior high school nga makapadayon pagtungha sa kolehiyo o manarbaho ba hinoon human mabansay sa science and technology, culture, music ug history.

“Kung walay kuryente limitado ang kahibalo nga makab-ot sa estudyante sa iyang pagtungha,” matud ni secretary Briones.

Gitumbok usab ni Briones nga ang edukasyon pundasyon ug sumbanan sa ekonomikanhong paglambo ug mahinungdanon ang kuryente aron makab-ot ang kauswagan.

Gipasalamatan usab ni Briones ang One Meralco sa suporta niini nga makutayan ug kuryente ang tunghaan sa kabukiran ug sa multi-media package nga gipaambit sa mga empleyado sa Meralco.

Samtang si Region Vll Director Juliet Jeruta nagpasalamat usab sa One Meralco Foundation sa ilang proyektong “energization”ug sa mga multi-media equipment nga gipanghatag nila.

Dumaguete City to host national writing tilt on ASEAN integration

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Schools Division of Dumaguete City of the Department of Education (DepEd) will host this year’s National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) on February 19 to 23.

Dubbed as the Olympics of Campus Journalism, NSPC is set to gather the best student-journalists from the 17 regions all over the Philippines.

Close to 5,000 campus journalists from the public and private elementary and secondary schools from all over the country are expected to converge at this capital city of Negros Oriental.

The 2018 NSPC has acknowledged the “vital role of the campus journalist in promoting comprehensive education for all.”

This year’s official theme of the 2018 NSPC is “Embracing ASEAN Integration: Campus journalists’ role in advancing inclusive education.”

Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Integration aims to build a successful and more united ASEAN that has concrete effects on the lives of individuals.

The journalism contest starts with the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC), where the top three to seven in each category depending on the size of the certain region qualifies to the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC), and from which the top three will be chosen to represent their respective regions in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC).

The Campus Journalists will be competing in three categories namely Individual Contests which include News Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, Science and Technology Writing, Photojournalism, and Editorial Cartooning.

School Paper Contests where the campus journalists battle in the different categories: News Section, Features Section, Editorial Section, Science and Technology Section, Sports Section, and Layout and Page Design, and Group Contests: Radio Script Writing and Broadcasting Contest, Collaborative Desktop Publishing (CDP) Contest, and TV Script Writing and Broadcasting Contests (for secondary level).

Two contests are for exhibition only, namely, Column Writing which belongs to individual contests, and online publishing contest for secondary under the Group Contests.

Expected to grace the annual national writing tilts are Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, Central Office officials, regional and division officials, and local government officials.