PGMA launches high-speed internet for Paranaque students

June 11, 2010 8:28 pm 

MANILA, June 11 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday launched the Smart Communications Inc. (SMART) WiMax at the Dr. Arcadio Santos National High School (DASNHS) in Paranaque City to widen her administration’s “Internet For All Schools“ program.

With the formal launch of the Smart WiMax, DASNHS joins the Caloocan City High School as the initial beneficiaries in Metro Manila. Both schools will now have access to the worldwide web via SMART's advanced WiMax network, assuring users of a fast and smooth internet connection.

WiMax or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access is a telecommunications technology that enables high-speed wireless Internet access to a wide area. Smart is rapidly rolling out its WiMax network to complement its broadband portfolio and provide blanket Internet connectivity for all Filipinos.

“This is part of our 10-point pro-poor program—BEAT THE ODDS. This is letter T for transport and digital infrastructure to connect the country — connectivity not only through roads and bridges but also through the internet,” the President said as she thanked SMART for supporting her program.

With a population of more than 3,000 students from four barangays in Paranaque and nearby Taguig City, the DASNHS is no stranger to the Internet.

“In 2008, we received 21 personnel computers (PCs) from the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT). Right about the same time, we were connected to the Internet via Smart Bro’s Canopy service,” said DASNHS principal Concepcion Bernaldez. “So by the time we opened our computer laboratory to offer Computer subjects to our third year and fourth year students, we were already online. ”

DASNHS is one of the recipients of CICT’s iSchools project, which intends to incorporate ICT in education in public high schools. The project aims to provide computer access and broadband Internet connectivity to all public high schools throughout the country by 2010.

“For the past three years, we have been offering Computer as a Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) elective among our junior and senior students. Year after year, we have been seeing a rise in the number of students opting to enroll in this subject,” Bernaldez said.

SMART chief wireless advisor Orlando Vea said that it has been the company’s vision to provide Internet for all Filipinos, no matter where they are or what device they are using.

In November last year, SMART completed its first WiMax installation at the Paguiruan High School in Floridablanca, Pampanga. The school was a beneficiary of the company’s flagship education initiative Smart Schools Program. It has not only received Internet connectivity, but computer laboratory and training packages as well. The WiMax connectivity in Paguiruan has thrust this once Internet “dead spot” to the fore of the broadband revolution. (PNA) RMA/OPS/ssc

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