DICT: Laptops, gadgets to help LGUs boost ICT-enabled education amid pandemic

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has stated in reaction to the procurement of PHP 170 million worth of gadgets, which COA recently identified as falling outside DICT’s purview.

The computers and gadgets purchased through DICT’s Digital Education Program (DEP) were designed to help DICT’s partner Local Government Units (LGUs) facilitate ICT-enabled education, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to DICT.

The DICT stated that the ICT devices, which the LGUs distributed to student beneficiaries, improve educational services, which the agency recognized as a mandate it performs.

Furthermore, DICT stated that they are “mandated to stimulate ICT resource sharing, increase government capability in terms of ICT, and improve public access to the internet.”

“Through these initiatives, we hope to be more responsive to our students’ requirements through online and blended learning modalities, as face-to-face sessions are now postponed due to the public health emergency,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

Secretary Honasan further stated that the DICT is authorized to pursue these measures to provide necessary computer services and technical expertise to government entities, as mandated by RA 10844 regarding Presidential Decree (P.D.) No. 1480 and other applicable laws.

“Overall, the projects involved aim to support the government’s primary goal of containing the COVID-19 virus as more agencies and local governments rely on the DICT’s technical expertise and functions to address the growing need for digitization, interconnectivity, and public cybersecurity awareness in this new normal,” he added.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) stated that they work closely with the Department of Education (DepED), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to develop and promote ICT in education in accordance with national goals and objectives. As a result, gadgets and computers for DICT’s DEP experimental projects — Cybersafe Learning for Education, Cybersafe Learning for Education of the Cybersecurity Bureau (CSB), and Digital Learners and Teachers — were purchased.

In addition, DICT has previously responded to the COA’s memorandum, addressing the issues mentioned and assuaging the COA’s concerns about the projects in question.

The tablets and devices were procured through Emergency Cases of the 2016 Revised Implementing Rules (IRR) of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 9184, according to DICT, and awarded to Lex-Mar General Merchandise and Contractor (Lex-Mar), which the department described as “a technically, legally, and financially capable supplier.”

According to DICT, despite its broad construction business, Lex-Mar is also a wholesaler of office supplies and equipment, including the delivery of computer units and tablets.

According to recent financial records, Lex-revenue Mar’s income exceeds and can maintain its operations, costs, and expenses.

The department also observed that the firm provided many completed contracts, including procurement projects involving laptops and computer equipment for Quezon City’s municipal government. Using similar types of ICT equipment, these projects were completed for the same procurement organization as the local authority that gave Lex-business Mar’s permits and permitted its operations.

DICT has also identified the intended recipients of the ICT equipment. The first pilot project is for tablets for the DICT’s Cybersafe Learning for Education initiative, led by the ICT Literacy and Competency Development Bureau (ILCDB) and aimed at University of Makati students.

However, the second project is for the tablets acquired for the Cybersecurity Bureau’s (CSB) Cybersafe Learning for Education program, with ILCDB’s assistance and in collaboration with the city governments of San Juan and Makati. Meanwhile, the third project was for the ILCDB’s Digital Learners and Teachers, which helped students and teachers at Pinaglabanan Elementary School in San Juan City.

Source: DICT

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