Zambo library, pilot facility for Tech4ED program nationwide PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 May 2015 13:53

By sheila covarrubias

The Zamboanga City Library is the first public library in the country where the Tech4ED program is implemented ensuring access points for individuals and communities to bridge the digital and education divide to information, communication, technology, non-formal education and skills training.

This, following the formal signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the National Library of the Philippines, the Information and Communications Technology Office under the Department of Science and Technology and the City Government through the City Library for the installation of the Tech4ED platform at the City Library.

The signing was spearheaded by the Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde, NLP Director of the Philippines Atty. Antonio Santos represented by Jilven Amar of the Public Libraries Division Friday morning in City Hall. Witnessing the event was City Librarian Emie Natividad. ICTO Executive Director Louis Napoleon Casambre represented by Dir. Theresa Camba attended the afternoon activity at the City Library located along R.T. Lim Boulevard.

Amar said the Tech4ED forms part of the project dubbed “Aklat Para sa Mamamayan ng Mindanao,” with the intention of addressing the issue on underutilization of public libraries thereby transforming them into a community-based facility. He cited two possible causes of underutilization of libraries as the mismatch in the collection of books with the needs of the people and the absence of internet access in libraries.

“The Zamboanga City library is now an entirely different library as it now practices the open shelf system,” Amar said adding that the library is also now installed with an internet access and television sets for use of clients, who are mostly students.

Tech4ED platform stands for technology for education development which has several concepts among which is the E-Eskwela, an alternative learning system as where undergraduates, out of school youths or those who have  not finished high school can access the same and study at their own time and phase and later take the examination in any school accredited by the Department of Education for  acceleration to college. Another system included is the E-Government system, a one-stop government portal where persons with disabilities, Overseas Filipino Workers including farmers can access all agencies to include the National Statistics Office, Social Security System and even the Government Service Insurance System.

“This is the first ever to happen in the country. The Tech4ED platform is supposed to be in E-community centers but they realized sometimes it is not a sustainable venue, so this is the first in the Philippines in Zamboanga City where we will have the Tech4ED in the public library itself,” Amar added.

The Zamboanga City library is a pilot library in the Philippines and that the Tech4ED program will be cascaded to all public libraries in the country. — Sheila Covarrubias