DepEd Tagum, LGU to install P2P Internet Tower to remote schools

Schools struggling with internet connection in far-flung barangays will soon be technology-equipped as the Department of Education Tagum City will install Point-to-Point (P2P) Tower in six schools in the city.

Recipient schools include Pandapan Integrated School, San Agustin Elementary School, New Balamban Elementary School, Liboganon Integrated School, Busaon Integrated School, Nueva Fuerza Elementary School, and Cabugan Elementary School.

According to Dr. Christine Bagacay, the antenna will be installed to these schools on the last week of June funded by the Special Education Fund (SEF) and approved by the Local School Board (LSB) of the City Government of Tagum.

“This move of DepEd in partnership with the LGU is a big boost in empowering both teachers and students. In fact, with the funding from the SEF, we installed earlier this year the same specification of internet tower to two schools, namely Bincungan Elementary School and Pipisan Maug National High School (PMNHS),” the officer-in-charge of the Office of the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent added.

PMNHS Principal Mervin Hangad said the project is a big help in realizing their vision of establishing a digital classroom, while last year, students could already access the internet in their Computer Laboratory.

“This helps much especially in upskilling our teachers since the tower enabled them to attend various webinars and meetings especially in the changing times brought by COVID-19 pandemic. That is why we are very thankful to our Superintendent Dr. Josephine Fadul and City Mayor Allan Rellon in hitting the mark that no school should be left behind,” Hangad said.

Aira Marigman, a teacher of Nueva Fuerza ES, said this project will help teachers like her since they cannot include ICT-based strategies in their teaching since their area has zero connectivity.

“The production of learning materials especially now that face-to-face learning is prohibited is made easier with the help of this internet tower. We can provide more experiential learning to our students,” Marigman said.

Even prior to these projects, DepEd has already subsidized through the SEF the monthly internet subscription of identified small schools.

Online learning is one of the modalities considered by DepEd as delivery mode for learning during the opening of classes this August 24.

This article was written by Mr. Harley Aglosolos.