Dgte LGU, Rotary Clubs provide ICT equipment to schools

By Roi Lomotan

 

Local officials here have partnered with Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas Texas, U.S.A. and Rotary Club Dumaguete East in providing Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to public schools in the city.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo together with Department of Education (DepEd) – Dumaguete City Division Superintendent Dr. Evangel Luminarias and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Negros Oriental Science Research Specialist Reinhold Jek Abing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. and Rotary Club Dumaguete East represented by Rotarian Bud Naifeh and Rotarian Don Ramas-Uypitching, respectively, yesterday at the Dumaguet City Hall to formalize this partnership.

The move aims to scale up computerization for quality education in public schools.

Abing said the partnership was preceded by the recent collaboration between DOST and DepEd-Dumaguete City to intensify the utilization of ICT equipment in public schools around the city.

DepEd- Dumaguete City Division was a recipient of DOST’s Grant in Aid (GIA) project wherein the city division received P761, 000-worth of ICT equipment from the department recently.

These include 18 units 40” LED TV,  seven units of desktop computers, six laptop computers, six Arduino kits, and six Raspberry Pi kits.

With the signing of the MOU, said agencies committed to deliver their counterpart to make this project more successful in the city.

“Karon there will a counterpart coming from the rotary and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Dumaguete City (This time, the rotary and the LGU of Dumaguete City commit to give their counterpart),” Abing said.

The DOST official also shared that it was DOST Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon who informed Dr. Luminarias about Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas, Texas Rotarian Bud Naifeh idea on the computerization program.

Rotarian Don Ramas-Uypitching cited that this project has a total funding of $107,296 or roughly P5 million.

Of the total, the Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas, Texas has a counterpart of $5,250, Dumaguete City – LGU with $42,000, Rotary Club Dumaguete East with $2,000, District Designated Fund of District 5810 of Texas with $35, 000, Rotarian Clint of Texas gave $1,050, DOST with $2,745, and the World Fund with $19, 551.

The amount is expected to provide 45 Lenovo tablets in 18 schools along 45 headphones with microphones, one computer server in each school, Wifi routers, desktop switches, and UPS.

It will also cover the miscellaneous expenses related to the project.

Ramas-Uyptiching assured that he will make sure all expenses will be accounted and reported to Rotary International.

Atong ipakita kanila (Rotary International) na kada ilang gigahin na kwarta atong igasto sa unsay tuyo (We will show them that the money they have set aside for us was spent on its intended use),” he told their partners.

Meanwhile, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo believes this partnership is timely since it will help boost the competitiveness of Dumagueteño students.

“Very fortunate ang mga bata nato karon to have this modern technology so that knowledge will be attained fast and connectivity ang importante (Our youth today are very fortunate to have this modern technology. Knowledge will be attained fast and more importantly, they enjoy connectivity),” Remollo said.

“Ang atong kwarta nga counterpart na 50 percent comes from the special education fund which was also approved by the City Council. It is $42, 000, roughly that’s P2 million (Our 50% counterpart comes from the special education fund which is approved by the City Council),” he added.

The local chief executive also thanked the two rotary clubs for choosing Deped-Dumaguete City Division as the beneficiary of their projects.

He hopes this would lead to other partnerships to help poor children in the city.

On the other hand, Dr. Luminarias expressed gratitude to the other agencies for their help.

She assured that the ICT equipment will be utilized in the teaching, learning, and instruction processes in schools.

“Labaw sa tanan, ang mga bata ang maka-benefit ani kay sila man ang mogamit aning equipment (Children will truly benefit from this because they will be the ones who will use these equipment),” Luminarias said.

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Dgte LGU, Rotary Clubs provide ICT equipment to schools

By Roi Lomotan

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Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo (seated, center) delivers his remarks during the Kapihan sa PIA forum on the topic “Computerization for Quality Education” held Aug. 29, 2018 at the Dumaguete City Hall. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

Local officials here have partnered with Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas Texas, U.S.A. and Rotary Club Dumaguete East in providing Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to public schools in the city.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo together with Department of Education (DepEd) – Dumaguete City Division Superintendent Dr. Evangel Luminarias and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Negros Oriental Science Research Specialist Reinhold Jek Abing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. and Rotary Club Dumaguete East represented by Rotarian Bud Naifeh and Rotarian Don Ramas-Uypitching, respectively, yesterday at the Dumaguet City Hall to formalize this partnership.

The move aims to scale up computerization for quality education in public schools.

Abing said the partnership was preceded by the recent collaboration between DOST and DepEd-Dumaguete City to intensify the utilization of ICT equipment in public schools around the city.

DepEd- Dumaguete City Division was a recipient of DOST’s Grant in Aid (GIA) project wherein the city division received P761, 000-worth of ICT equipment from the department recently.

These include 18 units 40” LED TV,  seven units of desktop computers, six laptop computers, six Arduino kits, and six Raspberry Pi kits.

With the signing of the MOU, said agencies committed to deliver their counterpart to make this project more successful in the city.

“Karon there will a counterpart coming from the rotary and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Dumaguete City (This time, the rotary and the LGU of Dumaguete City commit to give their counterpart),” Abing said.

The DOST official also shared that it was DOST Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon who informed Dr. Luminarias about Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas, Texas Rotarian Bud Naifeh idea on the computerization program.

Rotarian Don Ramas-Uypitching cited that this project has a total funding of $107,296 or roughly P5 million.

Of the total, the Rotary Club Park Cities, Dallas, Texas has a counterpart of $5,250, Dumaguete City – LGU with $42,000, Rotary Club Dumaguete East with $2,000, District Designated Fund of District 5810 of Texas with $35, 000, Rotarian Clint of Texas gave $1,050, DOST with $2,745, and the World Fund with $19, 551.

The amount is expected to provide 45 Lenovo tablets in 18 schools along 45 headphones with microphones, one computer server in each school, Wifi routers, desktop switches, and UPS.

It will also cover the miscellaneous expenses related to the project.

Ramas-Uyptiching assured that he will make sure all expenses will be accounted and reported to Rotary International.

Atong ipakita kanila (Rotary International) na kada ilang gigahin na kwarta atong igasto sa unsay tuyo (We will show them that the money they have set aside for us was spent on its intended use),” he told their partners.

Meanwhile, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo believes this partnership is timely since it will help boost the competitiveness of Dumagueteño students.

“Very fortunate ang mga bata nato karon to have this modern technology so that knowledge will be attained fast and connectivity ang importante (Our youth today are very fortunate to have this modern technology. Knowledge will be attained fast and more importantly, they enjoy connectivity),” Remollo said.

“Ang atong kwarta nga counterpart na 50 percent comes from the special education fund which was also approved by the City Council. It is $42, 000, roughly that’s P2 million (Our 50% counterpart comes from the special education fund which is approved by the City Council),” he added.

The local chief executive also thanked the two rotary clubs for choosing Deped-Dumaguete City Division as the beneficiary of their projects.

He hopes this would lead to other partnerships to help poor children in the city.

On the other hand, Dr. Luminarias expressed gratitude to the other agencies for their help.

She assured that the ICT equipment will be utilized in the teaching, learning, and instruction processes in schools.

“Labaw sa tanan, ang mga bata ang maka-benefit ani kay sila man ang mogamit aning equipment (Children will truly benefit from this because they will be the ones who will use these equipment),” Luminarias said.

DOST opens college scholarships in Negros Oriental

By Jennifer C. Tilos

 

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Image courtesy of DOST-Negros Oriental

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here is now accepting applications for its scholarship grants for college students in Negros Oriental.

Engr. Reinhold Abing of DOST said the scholarship will be given to deserving students who aspire to take up science and technology (S&T) related courses, those in, will be provided with financial and tuition assistance.

The scholarship programs are open to all graduating senior high school students who are enrolled in public and private schools.

Abing said Grade 12 students taking up Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) strand are all qualified to apply, while the non-STEM strand students must belong to the top five percent class to be able to qualify.

Under DOST’s scholarship program, which is RA 7687, or “Science and Technology Act of 1994,” it says the government shall provide for scholarships to talented and deserving students whole families’ socio-economic status do not exceed the set cut-off values of certain indicators.

Qualifiers must pursue priority fields of study in the basic sciences, engineering, other applied sciences, and science and mathematics teaching.

For Merit program, it is awarded to non-poor students with high aptitude in science and mathematics and willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology.

Exam passers will enjoy P40,000 subsidy for tuition and school fees, receive P10,000.00 book allowance per academic year, and be given P7,000 monthly living allowance for the academic year, among other benefits, said Abing.

He added these scholars have to be enrolled in any of the science and technology priority courses in any state university and colleges or private schools identified as Center of Excellence or Center of Development.

The DOST encouraged more students especially in the far flung areas to grab this opportunity and apply for the scholarship.

In last year’s examination, it is noted that Negros Oriental has 89 qualifiers out of 973 examinees for the 2018 DOST Undergraduate Scholarships.

Application forms and brochures are available at the Negros Oriental Provincial Science and Technology Center and can also be downloaded from the Science Education Institute (www.sei.dost.gov.ph/downloads ) website.

Deadline for the submission of application forms along with complete requirements is on August 31, 2018 (Friday) while examination is on October 21, 2018(Sunday).

For inquiries, you may contact DOST NegOr thru telefax (035) 421-2100; 225-4551 or e-mail dostnegor@gmail.com.