Written by Danny O. Calleja / Correspondent
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 19:17
CASIGURAN, Sorsogon—Globe Telecom, one of the leading telecommunications operators in the country, has launched here its Campus Connect Project designed to provide a reliable communication system between local school officials and the community, particularly students and their families.
Under the project, Globe will provide three secondary schools in this fourth-class yet booming municipality with free laptop computers that would form part of the communication system linking the school, students, the community and local government unit, among others.
The system is equipped with software especially designed to provide efficient exchanges of information, Genevieve Cerdiño, Globe regional business development manager, said during the launching of the project held at the office of town Mayor Ester Hamor here last week.
Through Campus Connect, children or their parents could be reached through their mobile phones by the school administration outside the school campus to relay urgent announcements such as suspension of classes during typhoons or flood situations, Cerdiño said.
The system is also capable of connecting the schools with local, regional and national offices of the Department of Education for easy transmittal of information, guidelines and office directives, among others, she explained.
Use of the Globe Internet and cell- phone network is also provided free for the project, as the telecommunications firm has earmarked over P1 million for this project in this municipality alone, which is so far the only one in Sorsogon, Cerdiño said.
Attending the simple launching rite were school principals Danilo Perez of Del Carmen Memorial High School (DCMHS) in barangay Sta. Cruz and Anastacio Guerrero Jr. of San Juan High School (SJHS) of barangay San Juan, both in Casiguran.
Apart from the school headed by Perez, the Casiguran Technical School (CTS) and Esteñas Technological High School Foundation, a private educational institution in the municipality, are the beneficiaries of the Campus Connect project, Hamor said.
DCMHS, SJHS and CTS were also given cash assistance by Globe as part of its support to the municipal government’s educational program. Guerrero and Perez said the amount would be used to upgrade their school facilities.
“We are impressed by the educational program being implemented by the local government of Casiguran which was started over 10 years ago by then-mayor Edwin Hamor and pursued by his wife who replaced him after his completion of a nine-year term,” Cerdiño said.
Under the program, Mayor Hamor said all the basic needs of school children such as school supplies, uniform, tuition and matriculation fees, and transportation to and from their schools are provided the municipal government, giving no reason for parents not to send their children to school.
“This program is one of its kind in the country undertaken by a small fourth-class municipality motivated by its determination to provide basic education to its children as first step toward a brighter future,” Cerdiño said.
Other than the educational program of the municipality, Globe had also extended support to the programs of the Casiguran town government that provides livelihood opportunities for its poor constituents.