MANILA, July 20, 2020 — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) launches the Digital Teachers and Learners Project with a pilot training program.

Around 12,000 public school students, 500 teachers, and 13 schools in San Juan City are set to benefit from the pilot training program. Aiming to educate teachers in San Juan on the alternative education project, a four-day intensive training program is scheduled to run from July 20-23, 2020.

The DICT, together with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Local Government of San Juan City, with the leading trainers from the University of the Philippines Diliman, Cisco Net Academy, Q Software Research Corporation, Google Philippines, and Habi Education Lab, gathered to train San Juan teachers on using education technology software and navigating the government-issued learning devices.

“To ensure the safety of educators and learners amid the pandemic, alternative delivery modes such as online learning and teaching need to be maximized. Through the partnership between DICT, DepEd, San Juan City, and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – we will see a better new normal for the Filipino children,” said DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II.

Honasan emphasized the need to explore alternative learning methods as the pandemic continues to pose health risks to students and teachers. During the launch of the pilot training for teachers, DICT Assistant Secretary for Digital Philippines Emmanuel Rey Caintic also shared the Department’s vision of a Digital Philippines, noting that the Digital Teachers and Learners Project is part of the Department’s agenda to accelerate the digital transformation of governance, education, workforce, and communities across the country.

Mayor Francis Zamora stressed that, “the digitalization becomes all the more significant as we face this pandemic and as we transition to the new normal because it offers our children a safer access to education. We sincerely thank Secretary Honasan for trusting us with this laudable program.”

“DepEd School Division Office (SDO), San Juan is filled with gratitude that DICT is committed to empower our teachers and learners to navigate the digital landscape and to champion the welfare of our children amidst the pandemic,” DepEd San Juan Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Cecille Carandang said during the training’s opening ceremony.

Public schools across the country are expected to adapt the Digital Teachers and Learners Project learning from the experience from the pilot program in San Juan.

For more information about the Digital Teachers and Learners Project, please contact the DICT Project Management Group through pmg@dict.gov.ph.

Digital Teachers and Learners is a project of the DICT. This aims to digitize education related activities, such as school governance and administration, teaching, and learning, as an attempt to address the impacts of COVID-19.