The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) donated 20 laptops to San Isidro National High School in Malvar, Batangas as part of its Digital Education Program and its component expanded Cybersafe Learning Project.

Led by Undersecretary Jose Arturo C. De Castro, the learning devices were accepted by OIC Principal Boyet Cabutihan, Teacher III Marnelli Olbinado, and Teacher II Mylene Metica.

“Notwithstanding the limited resources, the DICT is working tirelessly to provide for the technological needs of public educational institutions for our students who are struggling with distance learning. Through this initiative established by former DICT Secretary and Senator Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II, under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, we hope our educational institutional institutions shall encourage the youth in pursuing their studies despite the growing challenges during the pandemic,” Undersecretary De Castro said.

San Isidro National High School is among the myriad of schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, they have adopted digital learning to address the need for quality education. More and more Filipino students need connectivity and learning devices to continue their education.

The DICT implemented the Digital Education Program to aid the Local Government Units facilitate ICT-enabled education, especially for distance learning. Its component, Cybersafe Learning Project Education, seeks to optimize the use of ICT for the enhancement of cyber-education and promotion of digital literacy.

“The Department seeks to promote and develop the use of ICT in education. Through this initiative, we aim to be more responsive and attuned to the needs of our educational institutions, their teachers, and the students,” Undersecretary De Castro commented.