iSchools community mobilization in La Union

As a take off point for the establishment of the next batch of iSchools recipients, the BSU iSchools team conducted community mobilization in three public high schools in La Union.

The Acao National High School is the only recipient in Bauang, La Union. The school was able to seek the help of the Municipal Government of Bauang, the Parent-Teacher-and-Community Association (PTCA) and the Barangay officials for the reconstruction of one school room into a laboratory room for the iSchools. Community mobilization for the said school was done on January 22, 2009. This was attended by representatives from the supporting institutions.

According to Mrs. Jovita Basco, the Principal, the school will ensure that the surroundings of the computer laboratory are well-lighted at night and that they will come up with a project to be able to source out more funds and be able to sustain their internet connection after the one-year free connection that iSchools is giving. She also said that she has already talked with the Barangay officials regarding round-ups every night in the school so as to secure the equipment. She added that a request has already been forwarded to the La Union Electric Company (LUELCO) for the installation of a transformer for the school.

BSU iSchools team discuss with Principal Basco and SBM Sotto about the provisions and revisions in the MOA

BSU iSchools team discusses with Principal Basco and SBM Sotto about the provisions and revisions in the MOA

Sanguniang Bayan Member (SBM) Gabriel Sotto also said that the municipal government is supportive of the iSchools and will do its best to help sustain it.

On one hand, two schools in Pugo, La Union were also chosen to be benefitted with a computer laboratory. These are the Cuenca National High School and San Luis National High School.

During the community mobilization done on January 23 at the Cuenca National High School, stakeholders from both schools came and presented their concerns and appreciation for the establishment of the computer laboratory.

Mrs. Naje, the BSU Project Manager, oriented the participants on what iSchools is all about and what it takes to come up with the laboratory. She also mentioned about the responsibilities of the various stakeholders.

The Cuenca National High School is in the process of having its laboratory painted. They are also preparing for the procurement of the materials for the electric wiring in the laboratory. Mr. Boado, said that they already have installed enough transformers for the laboratory. They were concerned however, if they really should buy all the quantity of materials stated in the bill of materials given by the iSchools team. To this, the iSchools team and the stakeholders agreed that they may deduct some quantities so long as the security of the wirings is not sacrificed.

The community mobilization for the two chosen iSchools in Pugo, La Union was held at the grounds of Cuenca National High School.

The community mobilization for the two chosen iSchools in Pugo, La Union was held at the grounds of Cuenca National High School.

The San Luis National High School has also started doing some repairs in one classroom which they intend to be the computer laboratory.

In the open forum, the stakeholders expressed their gratitude for having been chosen as beneficiaries. “You are a blessing to us,” said Mr. Virgilio Boado, the Principal of Cuenca National High School.

Also discussed were the provisions in the Memorandum of Agreement; possible income generating activities to sustain internet connection; preparation of reports; regular conduct of monitoring and evaluation; future trainings and activities for faculty, students and community members; and possible linkages with other support groups.

Funds for the construction of the laboratories were sourced out from the school’s MOOE, contributions from the PTCA, the Department of Education, the Barangay, and from two Sanguniang Bayan Members, Hon. Greg Orine and Hon. Franklin Lales.

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