It must be the perfect classroom for today’s tech-savvy generation.

The first full-scale information and communication technology (ICT)-based classroom in the country was recently unveiled in Parañaque City, a project realized with the help of South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST).

In just a matter of days, an ordinary room in Parañaque National High School (PNHS) was transformed into a Wi-Fi-ready environment, the blackboard replaced with a 60-inch LCD touchscreen monitor capable of scrolling up images or playing audio-visual clips for customized multimedia lessons using a software called Lecture Maker.

The screen also comes with a wireless scanner and camera that can magnify book pages and other learning materials. One can also write on the screen itself over an uploaded image or video.

The teacher can operate the screen from a computer on his or her desk, and also control the 42 laptops provided to the students. The room also comes with a storage cabinet, built-in chargers, an emergency power supply system and a mounted camera that can record the teacher’s lecture.

“This is the first (of its kind) in the Philippines. We do not have anything like this,” Education Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo said on Tuesday during the turnover rites graced by a Korean delegation led by MEST Assistant Minister Kim Chong-Kwan.

Director Sun Hak Cho of MEST’s e-Learning Division’s Education Information and Statistics Bureau noted that the classroom—which cost about P20 million—was even “much better than many classrooms” in his home country.

“In education we had lots of trial-and-error. In the last few decades, we believe our ICT education is even stronger than those in developed countries. So we want to share what we have achieved,” Cho said of the project which was funded by the MEST under a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education.

The Korean official said MEST brought in the latest hardware and software available to help the Philippines develop its own ICT-based classroom.

But he acknowledged that having a full-scale ICT classroom is not always necessary since it is not cost-effective. “But we are showing you everything and you can just test it,” he said.

With a student body of 11,169, the PNHS is now considered the biggest high school in Asia in terms of population. Before the MEST project, it already has 12 classrooms equipped with desktop computers and three computer laboratories.

The principal, Urbano Agustin, said an initial batch of 60 teachers will undergo a two-week training course on the use of the ICT classroom before sharing the know-how with the rest.

The school will see to it that the high-tech classroom will be used for all subjects and all students get to experience it, Agustin said. “I can already see it. They will learn a lot (and) it will be more fun.”

                ACTING on the instructions of Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr., the Southern Police District Office, City PSr.Supt. Billy Beltran has ordered mobilization of the City’s police force to set up help desk as well as deploy more cops for heightened visibility to assist parents and students for opening of classes on June 04, 2012.

                The establishment of Police Assistance Desk on school campuses (PADs) was based on the memos from the Office of Regional Director NCRPO and the Office of the District Director NCRPO dated May 29 and 30, 2012 consecutively.  The deployment of more cops in the City’s schools is to protect the safety of students as well as criminal activity on the first day of class.

                The PADs will  be assigned in the following schools:  Baclaran Elementary School (Central, Unit I and II), Baclaran National High School, Saint Andrews School and St. Paul College, Tambo Elementary School, F. Serrano National High School, Dr. Arcadio Santos High School, Dr. Arcadio Santos High School Amex Bldg., PATTS College of Aeronautics, San Antonio Elementary School, Sampaloc Site II Elementary School, Masville Elementary School , Parañaque National High School, Parañaque Central Elementary School, Moonwalk High School and Sto. Niño Elementary School.

                “We want to make sure that the first day of school would fruitful day for our students so that they will continue to be motivated to go to schools and focus on their studies.  With the establishment of PADS as well as the heightened visibility of police officers, we believe that we can make the first day of the school a good day,” Mayor Bernabe said.

                Mayor Bernabe also called on students to stay with the campus grounds to prevent them from falling prey to criminals who would do them harm.  He also reminded parents to keep a close watch over their children, especially those who are at elementary and kindergarten levels.

                Prior to the opening of classes, the Parañaque LGU also provided paint and cleaning materials to school officials, students and volunteers during the launching of the Brigada Eskwela last May 21, 2012. This is to make sure that classrooms as well as school facilities are ready to accommodate students for the School Year 2012-2013.

As the opening of classes for School Year 2012-2013 looms, the Parañaque City Government under the leadership of Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. together with the Dept. of Education-Division of Parañaque City Schools headed by Dr. Joel T. San Luis C.E.S.E. started with its Brigada Eskwela 2012 last Monday, May 21 in Brgy. San Dionisio.

“Brigada Eskwela” is a joint program by the LGUs, school officials, parents, students, and non-government organizations mobilize to repair and clean up schools in the city in preparation for the opening of classes this coming June.  This is to ensure that school facilities such as classrooms and other structures are suitable to hold classes and other academic activities.

The city government provided cleaning and painting materials that will be used in the cleaning and sprucing of the various schools in the city.  At present there are 21 Elementary Schools and 10 High Schools in the city with a total no. of 2,057 teachers, 28 principals and district supervisors.

Apart from the clean-up and repair, the Parañaque Bureau of Fire Protection headed by F/Supt. Manuel Manuel will be conducting inspections to school facilities for fire safety. Also the Parañaque PNP headed by P/Sr.Supt. Billy Beltran will be increasing police visibility at schools to ensure the safety of students. The traffic enforcers will also be ready to maintain the smooth flow of traffic when classes begin.

“The Parañaque City Government fully supports the Brigada Eskwela Program. Apart from making our schools ready for SY 2012-2013, I directed the P’que PNP and BFP to ensure the safety and security of every citizen,” Mayor Jun Bernabe said.

The Department of Budget and Management has fast-tracked the release of P128 million for the reconstruction of a school destroyed in a plane crash in Parañaque City last December 10.
A news release posted on the Official Gazette website said the amount will cover the reconstruction of 80 classrooms in the F. Serrano Elementary School.
“A thorough evaluation by the DepEd found irreparable damage to the building, which then had to be completely demolished. Given that, we need to quickly allocate funding toward the reconstruction of the whole school. We are now fast-tracking the release of funds to begin the construction as soon as possible,” DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said.
He said the program will be charged against the 2011 Calamity Fund, since the Quick Response Fund of the Department of Education is already programmed for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of other projects.
The entire school building burned down after a “Queen Air” light cargo plane crashed into a crowded residential area.
At least 13 people were killed in the incident.
Once the reconstruction is completed, Abad said the school should accommodate the school’s 2,652 grade school pupils.
“We will build enough rooms so the school administration can conduct a single-shift program for its students, instead of putting them on the usual double shift. Once the reconstruction is finished, classes will be back to normal and students can have a school environment more conducive to learning,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abad announced that the DepEd is closing in on its classroom construction target for this year.
“We are serious in our bid to have a zero backlog of classrooms by 2013. To be able to do this, the Aquino government has been tapping different approaches in constructing school buildings, including an important collaboration with the League of Cities to fast-track the construction of classrooms,” he said.
He added classroom-construction projects will be included in the Aquino administration’s Public-Private Partnership program to build the required number of classrooms in one year. - VVP, GMA News

Good news for Parañaque students going to college!

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), in partnership with the City Government of Parañaque opened on Thursday, May 12, 2011 its campus in the city.

The inauguration was graced by Parañaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr., 2nd Dist. Rep. Roilo Golez, PUP Pres. Dr. Dante Guevarra, PUP Vice-Pres. for Research and Dev’t. Dr. Pastor Malaborbor, PUP Exec. Director for Branches & Extension Services Prof. Randolph Alcantara, PUP-Parañaque Campus OIC-College Administrator Ms. Socorro Rivera and Rev. Fr. Vir Pedragosa.

The initial offerings at this newest Metro Manila PUP branch are courses in Information Technology; Hotel & Restaurant Management; and Business Management that can lead to baccalaureate degrees.

Situated in Brgy. Sto. Niño, this city, the PUP-Parañaque Branch Building has 24 ready classrooms that can accommodate 40-50 students each.

The establishment of the PUP Parañaque campus was made pursuant to City Ordinance No. 11-03 Series of 2011, “An ordinance converting the present “Pamantasang Bayan” Center of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Parañaque into a regular campus”, which was penned by Coun. Edwin Benzon.

Its history dates to May 10, 1990 when a MOA for the establishment of a PUP center in Parañaque under its “Pamantasang Bayan” Program was executed between the PUP, represented by its then President, Dr. Nemesio Prudente and the Municipality of Parañaque represented by then Mayor Walfrido Ferrer.

Due to the successful implementation of the aforesaid program, the people of Parañaque through Municipal Ordinance No. 91-107 expressed their great desire for the PUP to expand its courses to include technical and academic courses.

 The subsequent local legislations particularly, Resolution No. 04-35 and No. 07-39 both authorized the city government to negotiate and enter into an agreement with the PUP for the early establishment of a PUP campus in the city. Under the MOA, the Parañaque City Government will start-up and maintain the initial offering of certain undergraduate courses that have been agreed upon; hire administrative staff, security and utility employees and pay their salaries, wages, bonuses and other usual monetary benefits granted by law, among other responsibilities.

It will be the duty and responsibility of the PUP to offer an academic program perceived to be “in-demand” which are mutually agreed upon; select, hire and remove academic personnel; charge and collect tuition and miscellaneous fees as determined by the PUP; and assist the city in tapping resources and scholarship donors for economically-disadvantaged-but-deserving students, among others.

“With a PUP campus in Parañaque, we will be able to bring affordable quality education to our youth, especially to those from poor families.”, Mayor Bernabe said.

Coinciding with the inauguration of the PUP Parañaque Campus is the opening of the new home of the city’s prime public high school, Parañaque Science High School also in the same school campus.

* Please be advised that Alabang Bulletin is just reporting this and that we are in no way connected to PUP Paranaque therefore we cannot help you with requirement inquiries or follow up of applications.

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