DepEd-MP Information Technology Officer Loida Elaine G. Tibong receives the Virtual Reality Boxes and Robotic kits from Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. during a ceremonial turn-over at the Provincial Governor’s Office. Witnessing the turn-over is Maria Nelda A. Lo, the focal person on education, support, services and programs of the Provincial Governor’s Office.
Bontoc – DepEd Mountain Province received provisions of robotic kits and virtual reality boxes from the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Mountain Province on September 11, 2019 at the Provincial Governor’s Office.
The PLGU has allotted an amount of P 200,000 under the Special Education Fund for the procurement of eight 6-in-1 Weeebot Evolution with innovation upgrade kit (robotic kits) and 160 Virtual Reality box.
According to the Provincial School Board, DepEd-MP officials deemed it necessary for Mountain Province to start various educational technologies and innovations that are being introduced to enable better learning. The agency also believes that in today’s technology-driven world, it is important to prepare students for the future.
As a start, DepEd has identified two schools in the province namely: Guinzadan National High School in Bauko and Tadian School of Arts and Trades as model schools for DepEd’s “Project Robotics: Embracing New Ground in Teaching and Learning Methodologies” and “Into the World of Virtual and Augmented Reality: Learning Beyond Imagination.” Respectively,these schools were chosen in consideration of their Senior High School track offerings such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics and technical-vocational-livelihood: Information and Communication Technology.
For the realization of these projects, the beneficiary-schools will be integrating robotics in their subjects to empower learners to make innovations. Also, these schools will be able to utilize the devices for virtual learning to enable 21st century teaching and learning approaches.
According to Maria Nelda A. Lo, the focal person on education, support, services and programs of the Provincial Governor’s Office, the start-up robotic kits to the beneficiary schools are purposely to be utilized during capacity building activities of teachers and learners. On the other hand, the Virtual Reality boxes are to be used to capacitate participants to use ICT tools to develop a contextualized learning resources with Virtual Reality Learning.
During the turnover ceremony, Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. urged the beneficiary-schools to put the devices in good use.
“Your officials believe that one step of empowering our children is to have interest in learning and to become innovative with the LGU’s utmost support to the programs of DepEd. We are looking forward to the success of your current programs and we hope that with our partnership, more schools will benefit from the same program,” Lacwasan said.
Part of the turnover ceremony was the signing of the Deed of Donation (DOD) between the provincial government and DepEd. The DOD clearly stipulates that the items will be booked up in the beneficiary-schools’ and Schools Division Office’s property book for such to be properly accounted for. Further, the DOD directs the beneficiary-schools to ensure maximum utilization of the packages to their intended purposes and to assume responsibility over the maintenance and repair of the devices.