A project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Japanese government is distributing about 600 computers to 60 public high schools in Davao Region.Based on the agency, each school receives 10 units from the Personal Computers for Public Schools (PCPS) – Phase 5.
Delivered last week, each unit is pre-installed with the latest Windows and Microsoft Office, 10 Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and comes with a printer.
“Majority of these schools had no existing computer laboratories prior to the PCPS project. Through its goal of reducing the computer backlogs, the project also bridges technological gap between urban and rural areas,” DTI Undersecretary, Ireneo V. Vizmonte said during the PCPS5 launching ceremony at the Davao City National High School on Friday.
Last week, units were delivered to the recipient schools mostly located in rural areas that lack access to IT equipment as the projects has distributed about 64,000 computers to 5,400 schools nationwide since 2001.
Under the project, teachers are also trained on “basic computer operations and troubleshooting and on the use of computers for classroom instruction.”
In 18 years, PCPS already trained about 50, teachers
In a speech delivered for her by Councilor April Marie Dayap, Mayor Sara Duterte expressed her gratitude to the Japanese government which set aside about P196 for the phase of the project that intends to cover 380 schools in the Visayas and Mindanao.