by Venus R. Parmisana

The MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology and the Commission of Information and Communications Technology (CICT) hosted the PC Recycling Training at the Electronics Engineering Technology Department (ESET) computer laboratory last April 13-16, 2010. The program trained 43 high school teachers of Iligan City and Lanao del Norte.

The PC Recycling Program, through the initiatives of MSU VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Emmanuel M. Lagare, concurrent Institute ischools Program Director, is a 10-day capability building activity conducted in three phases. The program enhances the skills of computer technicians to ensure the maintenance of these schools’ equipment.

The second phase of this training is scheduled on May 3-6 with the last phase on May 17-21.

Dr. Lagare enthused that the participants can maximize the use of ICT equipment, minimize electronic waste in their schools, build their technical capabilities, and improve the PC to student/teacher ratio.

Lecturing in the program coordinated by Prof. Joy Magsayo were Prof. Ernesto E. Empig, ESET Chairperson, and Mr. Ricardo A. Coronado, and assisted by Allan P. Bicada, Ivan Ray Lacanaria, Ralph A. Apog, and Jusal Emperado.

Veteran ICT trainor Empig disclosed: “I am happy that these teachers, especially those who only have basic knowledge of computers, have a profound interest in learning and upgrading their knowledge.” He stated that it is the aim of the training to extend expertise to stakeholders to bridge the digital divide between schools in the remote areas and the privileged schools in city centers.

Participants — many of who were not IT-savvy as they taught subjects in different fields like English and Math — were assessed before they were accepted to the program.

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