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.