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"Computer on Wheels" project to boost One Bulacan Pride IT component
By: PPAO
Thursday, 19 September 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS—There’s no stopping the rapid industrialization of Bulacan as provincial officials begins to step-up programs to meet the challenges of modern times through the use of high-technologies.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado on Tuesday lauded the “Computer on Wheels” project—a joint initiative of the Damayang Filipino—a community-based movement founded by Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando and the Bagong Henerasyon Partylist headed by Rep. Bernadette Herrera.

Alvarado said that the “Computer on Wheels” project is a vital tool in the One Bulacan Pride or the Program for Rapid Industrialization and Development because it will boost the computer literacy program of the province which is also among the seven point agenda of his administration.

“The whole province will benefit from this endeavor especially now that Bulacan is becoming the new Metropolis of growth in the country,” Alvarado said adding that the province has recently been awarded as among the Smart Cities in the Philippines.

The governor disclosed that under the zonification component of One Bulacan Pride, Malolos City will be the next techno hub of the province, where IT and communication offices will rise at the 17 hectares lot turned over by the national government to the provincial government. He also said that the City of San Jose del Monte will soon be the site of Hollywood type studios while Pulilan, Plaridel and Baliwag will be business and growth corridor of the province.

Under the project, Rep. Herrera of the Bagong Henerasyon partylist turned over five air-conditioned trucks loaded with 16 computers each and computer instructors.

A memorandum of agreement was signed between the provincial government, the Damayang Filipino movement and the Bagong Henerasyon Partylist wherein the DF movement of Fernando will shoulder the financial compensation of computer instructors.

Alvarado said that he will support the project which aims to propagate computer literacy in the grassroots level by bringing the fleet of computer schools on wheels to the different barangays in the province’s 21 towns and three cities.

Vice Gov. Fernando said that the project aims to increase computer literacy among out-of-school youths and other Bulakenyos who were not able to go to school.

He added that the project will provide adequate technical skills and other job opportunities under the Pangkabuhayan Program for Bulakenyos.

Rep. Herrera said that at least 60 students will be taught basic computer training while 40 students will be trained as computer technicians in two weeks time.

She was then a councilor of Quezon City when she realized that students at public schools are not being taught computer lessons unlike those in private schools, thus the project started. ###

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