DepEd partners with DICT to roll out public education network – Manila Bulletin
In order to achieve the establishment of the Public Education Network (PEN) in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) has partnered with the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DICT) to respond to the challenges of the education landscape.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones confirmed this during the briefing of palace spokesman Harry Roque on Monday, April 19. With the shift to distance learning amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, stressed the “need to use technology” for the continuity of learning and education.
Last week, DepEd led by Briones and DICT led by Secretary Gregorio Honasan II also signed two major Memoranda of Understanding (MOA) to strengthen education delivery through broadcasting, connectivity and digital security through the program. PEN.
This initiative aims to accelerate digital connectivity of all public schools and DepEd offices nationwide and enable learners to have wider access to DepEd TV, DepEd Commons and other learning platforms.
DepEd and DICT coordinated the development of PEN from April 2020.
Apart from this, PEN will also connect DepEd offices to governance platforms such as DepEd Enterprise Resource Planning System (DERPS), Learner Information System (LIS), App mobile DepEd and other partner platforms.
“This partnership is designed not only to face COVID but really to face, not only the present, but also the future. We feel more courageous. We feel more courageous as we hold hands with DICT and other institutions that could help us. With this partnership, we are bringing more hope to education with the help of our partners, ”said Briones.
The collaboration is aligned with President Duterte’s directive during his State of the Nation 2020 Address (SONA) and the direct response of DepEd and DICT to address the adverse effects and complications brought by the pandemic in education base and also for possible future incidences of calamities. , disasters and conflicts.
“When the government decided to open classes amid the public health emergency, we recognized the need for continued education, despite the limitations imposed by the ongoing health crisis,” Honasan said. “We believe it is imperative to look beyond these immediate concerns to see what may be possible for education on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.
The partnership will establish the framework for cooperation and collaboration between DepEd and DICT, including advocacy for the presence of ICT service providers in public school premises, provision of online resources, materials and systems for educational use, and coordination with the National Telecommunications Commission. (NTC), among others.
DICT will also help increase the future satellite capacity of DepEd for Last Mile Schools and provide data transport service using a fiber optic network under the GovNet and Microwave towers.
DepEd and DICT will also work together to determine the appropriate real estate properties owned or administered by DepEd to be used as sites or locations for the Shared Passive Telecommunications Tower Infrastructure (SPTTI) that will allow government agencies to share resources and technologies for the benefit. Filipinos. .
With the construction of PEN, DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua noted that the Digital Rise program will be “strengthened and propelled forward”.
The PEN program is part of the Digital Rise program within the framework of the public schools of the future (PSOF).
It is headed by the DepEd Information and Communications Technology Service-Education Technology Unit (ICTS-EdTech) headed by Director Abram YC Abanil, under the Administration component headed by Pascua and Deputy Secretary Salvador Malana III.
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