Thu, 22 Oct 2020

Biaan launches free WiFi for public schools

Philippine Information Agency
12 Oct 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

BInAN CITY, Laguna, Oct 12 - Some 10,000 learners here will have free internet access as the city government launched the Binan City Wifi, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd)

The Binan City Wifi will be installed in the city's 24 barangays in an effort to provide inclusive and strong wifi connection to Binanenses.

"Maraming kababayan namin ang hindi afford na makapagpakabit ng wifi sa kanilang tahanan, [kaya] napakalaking tulong ito sa mga bata upang hindi matigil ang kanilang pag-aaral," Barangay Chairman Rodolfo Mandanez Jr. said.

[Many of our neighbors cannot afford to have wifi connection in their homes [so] this is a huge help for the children to continue their studies.]

"Napakalaking bagay ang free wifi project na ito lalo na sa ordinaryong mamamayan. Dito na pupunta ang mga teacher kung walang wifi sa kanilang tahanan [at] lahat ng paaralan sa Binan ay magkakaroon ng wifi upang maging learning hub," DepEd - Binan Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Edgardo Militante said.

[This free wifi project will be a big deal, especially for ordinary citizens. Teachers can now [go to school] if there is no wifi in their homes [and] all schools in Binan can serve as learning hubs.]

Connected city

Binan City Wi-Fi promises faster internet connection, thanks to the 15 access points installed in Southville 5-A.

"Kahit modular ang gamit ng mga bata, mayroon silang mga group chat para sa instruction. Kaya kung may wifi, lahat ng group chat nila for instruction, magagamit niya ang kanyang cellphone," Division Schools Superintendent Edna Agustin said, emphasizing that the project will help students access their learning materials and interact with classmates and teachers.

[Even if the children use modular [learning], they still have group chats for instruction. If there is wifi, they can use their cellphones in their group chats.]

Teacher's day gift

Aside from marking DepEd's shift to blended learning, the launching of the Binan Free Wifi coincided with World Teacher's Day, which celebrates the contributions of educators.

"Makasaysayan ang araw na ito para sa Department of Education para sa mga sakripisyong ginawa ng ating mga guro upang maipagpatuloy ang paga-aral ng mga bata," Militante said.

[This is a very historic day for the Department of Education because of our teachers' sacrifices to help the children continue their education.]

Despite the challenges of the new curriculum, Dimaguila saw this as an opportunity for tech-savvy teachers to share their ideas and improve their teaching methods.

"With this project naniniwala akong kung anong klase ng edukasyon ang kaya kong ibigay sa aking mga anak, that is also the kind of education na gusto naming ibigay sa mga public school student," Dimaguila continues.

[With this project, I believe that the kind of education I can give to my children, that is also the kind of education we want to provide to public school students.]

The local chief executive assured the education department and its stakeholders that his office is open to address any problem that may arise in the conduct of online classes. (PB)

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