Braving the rugged roads, uneven terrains and learners of different
needs, the mobile teachers of the Alternative Learning System (ALS)
have now something to be happy about.
Just this June 10, DepEd issued DepEd Order No. 78, s. 2010 with
specific paragraph pointing to the commitment of the department towards
giving due recognition to the emerging heroes in alternative means of
providing basic quality education — the mobile teachers. They will be
provided with laptop computers which will include all the lessons,
strategies of delivery, audio-visual materials and the likes.
This is one of the many computer packages enumerated in the said
DepEd Order which focused on the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP).
The program is geared towards the transformation of education and
perform DepEd’s legal mandate of promoting the right of all citizens to
take appropriate steps in making education accessible to all.
The DCP aims to provide computer laboratory packages to secondary
schools, provide e-classroom to elementary schools, provide laptop
units to mobile teachers, integrate ICT in the school system, raise the
ICT literacy of learners, pupils, students, teachers and school heads
and reduce the computer backlog in public schools.
To enhance the teaching-learning process and meet the challenges of
the 21st century, DCP’s role is to provide public schools with
appropriate technology. It responds to the computer backlog of public
schools by providing them hardware and software, and training on simple
With the Technical Service-Information and Communication Technology
(TS-ICTU) headed by Director Mari Paul Soriano with the Bureaus of
Elementary, Secondary and ALS, DepEd and the combined efforts of other
government agencies, the private sectors and foreign grants/assistance,
5,049 public secondary schools have been provided with computer
packages with units ranging from 10 to 20 and other peripherals and the
configuration of the packages to be given to schools. The configuration
is based on how the teaching-learning process can be enhanced through
the aid of technology.
It is expected that with the consolidation of the different
computerization programs which includes the Department of Trade and
Industry’s PCs for Public Schools (PCPS) and Commission on Information
and Communication Technology (CICT)’s i-Schools project and with other
non-government and private /business/civic groups, all secondary
schools shall have computer laboratories.
As to the equitable ratio of computer vis-à-vis the number of school
population, the next step of the DCP is to do the augmentation of ICT
equipment especially to those schools with huge enrolment. For
secondary schools with 9,000 enrollees and above, 150 terminals, for
5,000-8,999, 50-100 and 50 for 2,000-4,999 students.
The Program Management Committee of the ICT-TC, TS-ICTU and the
Bureaus are conducting program orientation to would be recipients and
doing monitoring and evaluation together with the regional and division
ICT coordinators to ensure the effectiveness of the program and the
proper deployment of the computer packages.
Source: Sunstar Davao, June 21, 2010 Lorenzo E. Mendoza