Davao City solon files bill creating E-Learning centers

July 8, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 126 views

DAVAO City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte, noting the continued proliferation of the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic and the toll it takes not only on health but also on the country’s educational system, has filed a bill that seeks to establish at least one E-Learning Center in every municipality and city in the country.

“It shall serve as a venue wherein people from all walks of life could have access to information and communication technologies. This shall benefit not just the youth but also adults who seek to gain further knowledge and develop new skills,” Duterte said.

In House Bill (HB) No. 453, Duterte recognized the imminent need for accessibility and availability of alternative modes of learning to at least alleviate the “repercussions” of the pandemic not only in terms of the quality of the educational system but also in the well-being of the students and teachers.

“To eradicate these hindrances in our educational system, this bill seeks to establish at least one E-Learning Center in every municipality and city in the country,” Duterte said.

Duterte pointed out that since distance learning has been incorporated as the primary mode of learning during the pandemic, it was observed that some students, as well as teachers, have struggled with such mode of learning due to a lack of resources.

A number of students even decided to stop their studies due to additional barriers they cannot easily overcome, Duterte also said.

Under the bill, when an e-learning center already exists, its upgrading shall be undertaken, while existing public libraries and reading centers shall be upgraded into an e-learning center, or their materials and system be digitized.

Jointly introduced by Benguet Rep. Eric Yap and four other colleagues, the implementing agencies of the House resolution would be spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), the local government units (LGUs), among other concerned government agencies.