Two school divisions in Palawan are set to benefit as pilot areas of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) cyber program Wide Area Network (WAN) in 2020 that is part of efforts to deliver quality and future-ready resources for learners, teachers, and administrators, as well as the entire education community.

City DepEd information technology officer Richard Deo Fondevilla said WAN would aid teachers and principals in the country who are struggling to send their reports from their school areas to the central office.

MIMAROPA region is one of the eight chosen by the agency for the pilot of the WAN program.

“Iyon ‘yong nakitang sagot ng DepEd, syempre kapag umalis ang teacher, iiwan niya ‘yong estudyante so apektado ‘yong klase. Hindi lang iyon, kawawa rin ang teacher, bibiyahe pa. ‘Yong funds syempre, mababawasan pa ‘yong funds ng school, ang liit-liit na nga, bibiyahe pa si principal at si teacher dahil may report lang na kailangang i-submit,” he said.

According to Fondevilla, it is still undergoing the procurement process but said it would be implemented by 2020.

“Hindi na nga sinasabi ng teachers dahil mostly ang reports natin ay online, dahil walang internet si school, wala rin budget para sa school, personal na sinasagot ni teacher. Marami ang gastos ng teacher,” he said.

Meanwhile, 75 elementary schools in the division of Puerto Princesa will receive 50 tablets with laptops by the start of the school year in 2020.

“May parating pa na tagsi-singkwenta per school for elementary na tablet-pc with laptop. Yong elementary medyo nahuli, bago magpasukan next year. Iyan ang pangako ng central office bago magpasukan next year, under procurement siya ngayon,” he said.