*Youth volunteers, village councils, federated SKs
to help implement the agreement
The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), represented by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, on Monday, December 7, formally signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Education (DepEd) school divisions of Ilocos Norte, Laoag City, and Batac City for the free delivery of modules to the homes of the learners under the new blended education.
PGIN will utilize the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office youth volunteers to help implement the delivery system with strict observance of health protocols such as the wearing of face mask, face shields, social distancing, sanitizing, and no mass gathering, among others.
Added partners in this MOA include the different barangay councils and the Federation of Sangguniang Kabataan in Ilocos Norte.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng contributors ng proyektong ito. I hope that as we move forward we can minimize the number of modules that will be delivered because we can already digitize or go for the gadget-based learning na talagang ina-eye natin,” Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc said.
“I think the gadgets that PGIN will be turning over to the Schools Division of Ilocos Norte will be ready in the next few weeks so we look forward to that.
We wanted to find a way na kahit distance learning po tayo, it is still sustainable and environmentally friendly kasi, after all, we are a proudly green province,” he added.
PGIN has been supporting the initiatives of DepEd, particularly the implementation of blended learning. It has partnered with local radio stations for the block time airing of classes, Telecommunications Companies for signal improvement, and the private sector for the donation of electronic devices. It has also realigned its multi-million-peso budget to procure laptops, desktop computers, and copier machines.
“Rest assured that the Provincial Government supports you with all the needs of our students in Ilocos Norte,” the Governor said. (pgin/cmo)