DICT launches Tech4ED Centers for blended learning
The Luzon Cluster 1 of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has launched six Tech4ED centers to provide internet connectivity and ICT resources in the provinces.
The department has deployed the Tech4ED center on the following schools located in San Fabian, Pangasinan: Ambalangan National High School, Anonang National High School, Binday National High School, Mabilao National High School, San Fabian National High School, and San Fabian Integrated School SPED Center. Catering students, teachers, and the general public for free, each center has computers connected to the internet and runs the platforms needed for blended learning. This includes eEduSkills for e-learning modules and Starbooks for digital learning materials about science and technology.
The operations of the Tech4ED centers would follow health protocols imposed both by the national government and the local government units (LGU).
The establishment of the Tech4ED centers are made possible through the partnership of DICT-LC1 with the LGU of San Fabian, Pangasinan, and the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Pangasinan.
The DICT also donated computer packages to the municipalities of Balaoan and Naguilian in La Union during the quarantine period which would also soon launch Tech4ED centers.
Since 2016, Tech4ED has launched a total of 233 centers in Region 1, 44 of which are in Ilocos Norte, 46 in Ilocos Sur, 11 in La Union, and 132 in Pangasinan. The program provides a venue for studying, work, and availing of online government services in digitally underserved and unserved areas of the country.