The Davao Del Sur Provincial Office of DICT-MC3 turned over a computer equipment package to Balutakay Elementary School in Barangay Managa to boost students’ access to digital learning tools.

“Your DICT acknowledges that the pandemic has emphasized the value of ICT and encouraged the government to examine the digital world more closely, including the ways in which we can address the long-standing unequal access to ICT, for us to enhance the learning experiences of our children,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

DICT MC3 stated that the initiative aims to assist the students of Balutakay Elementary School wherein students were reportedly only learning about a computer through their teachers’ chalkboard drawings.

The school is situated in a remote area on the slopes of Mt. Apo, around 15 kilometers from the village center and 25 km from the town’s business district. Due to its location, the school grounds has minimal access to cell sites and Internet connection.

The computer equipment package was composed of three (3) units of Desktop computer, 3-in-1 printer, CCTV camera and a router. The Balutakay Elementary School was also launched as a Tech4ED Center.

Tech4ED, which stands for Technology Empowerment through Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, aims to establish digital inclusivity in the nation by bringing information and communications technology (ICT) to the countryside.

With the turnover, the students of the school may now learn digital world not through a blackboard drawing, but through a real computer, DICT MC3 stated.