With more computer units, Balangueños have more gateways to success.
The city government received 10 computer units from GENPACT (Generating Impact Philippines) on August 19 as Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia strives to propagate Barangay Learning Hub (BLH) to all of Balanga’s communities.
The computer units will be deployed to two new learning hubs in Cupang Proper and Cataning. GENPACT has been an avid supporter of BLH, even during the construction period of the first BLH in Doña Francisca.
Now a budding learning center in the city’s peripheries, BLH is the brainchild of Mayor Garcia. Prior to his election, Mayor Garcia had already laid down the entire plan for BLH. Realization of the plan came through the support of Multi-Sectoral Governance Coalition (MSGC, Ugnayang Balangueño), an organization where he used to belong.
The learning hubs are powered by a reliable internet connection. All young people are encouraged to avail of its services, especially the self-directed learning offered by Khan Academy.
Khan Academy is a software developed so that its users may gain mastery of various subjects while moving at their own pace. Thus, Mayor Garcia’s learning hubs do not require much teacher intervention. Rather, an administrator initially guides students through Khan Academy after which they are given liberty to access lessons at their own pace.
During the formal turnover of computer units, Mayor Garcia expressed his satisfaction that the learning hubs are now gaining prominence among young people.
A Kind Heart from GENPACT
Mayor Garcia also commended GENPACT for playing an active role in the development of the learning hubs.
Aside from the computer units, GENPACT will also donate tables, cupboards and drawers so the new learning hubs will be furnished completely.
Mayor Garcia also said that a school version of the BLH has been opened at the City of Balanga National High School (COBNHS). Dubbed as “School Learning Hub” (SLH), the school-based resource center will be used to train students in call center service. Thus, GENPACT will have a larger pool of talents. Such synergy will benefit students, since GENPACT is planning to operate in December.
Mayor Garcia also announced that more recruitment activities would be held in Balanga City. Around 500 talents will be hired before the year ends.
Power Boost for the Learning Hubs
According to Mayor Garcia, even five-year old computers can be optimized for the learning hubs’ use.
He said that accepting computer donations from companies allows the city government to save funds.
He also revealed that his predecessor, now Rep. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, is proposing a bill at the House of Representatives to ease the transfer of equipment from private companies to public institutions. By Arli Joshua Atienza