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Published: Sunday, 02 June 2013

Camp Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City (May 29) – Bridging education through technology is a fairly recent development bringing the military and civilian together in various collaborative efforts. Early this week, the Western Command delivered two computer sets to two schools via Rotary Club of Loyola Heights of Quezon City – a volunteer service organization with a mission to enhance education. RC Loyola has provided digital literacy skills to over 500,000 children from disadvantaged communities in the country and elsewhere. 

“As part of our civil relations at the Armed Forces, we are delighted to continue our support of RC Loyola’s work in improving education through technology in Palawan,” said Maj. Oliver Bañaria, commander of the 6th Civil Relations Group. “It is very satisfying to know that the computers will be used to benefit the education of children in disadvantaged schools.”


 RC Loyola handed out two computer sets to East Central School and the Palawan Integrated National School main campus in Puerto Princesa City on Wednesday, May 29. The donations kicked off their Computer Aid Program, which will assist schools to start or resume computer classes. The computers were purchased with the help of a three-H initiative; Health, Hunger and Humanity grant from Rotary International. According to the RC Loyola’s president, Raul Addatu, their surveys showed that at least two thousand students don’t have access to computers.

“Our main focus is education with a special concentration in Palawan. There’s a heavy dependence on technology so we can’t be left behind. When you look at schools in the outskirts of Palawan, having kids that are going to graduate and move on to high school that have absolutely no experience with computers is sad,” Addatu said.

For their part, the Department of Education received the computer sets with the principals of the two schools with enthusiasm.

“We’re very grateful for it. Students now will be able to have a hands-on on computers and that is very good. We cannot thank Western Command and RC Loyola enough because they have chosen Palawan as their beneficiary for their Books for Peace,” said Domingo Padul, DepEd City Schools Division superintendent.

This is the first of the 20-school beneficiaries in Palawan that are being treated to a visual form of learning through the Western Command’s “Books for Peace” (BFP) project. The BFP is a million-peso initiative to bring technology into Palawan classrooms and reinforce teachers with professional training tools.  The Rotary Clubs have donated computers, projectors and computer speakers to pilot schools. The donations also include laptops and net-books. 


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