More avenues to learning opened as Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia inaugurated the fourth Barangay Learning Hub (BLH) in Brgy. Tenejero on December 28.
Just before the year ended, Mayor Garcia ensured that Tenejero’s BLH would function well through the installation of computer units donated by the city’s private cooperators.
Fully supportive of the mayor’s education-related projects, the entire Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) led by Vice-Mayor Vianca Lita V. Gozon was present in the inauguration.
Tenejero’s residents expressed their gratitude to the city government through their Barangay Chairman Pedro Yuzon who, being the president of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC), also sits as ex-officio member of SP.
The first BLH was erected in Brgy. Doña Francisca in February. The other two were inaugurated in August in barangays Cupang Proper and Cataning.
All four BLH facilities were built through the active participation of Ugnayang Balangueño, the city’s Multi-Sector Governance Coalition (MSGC), an alliance of private individuals aiding the city in the attainment of its vision.
Even before his election to public office, Mayor Garcia had been an active member of the BLH. It was during his years as BLH member and adviser of Barangay Mentors’ Society that he came up with the idea of a center for free Internet access and self-guided learning.
Mayor Garcia extended the BLH to schools; thus, giving birth to the School Learning Hub (SLH).
On December 16, he inaugurated an SLH at the Bataan National High School. It was the second SLH facility, with the first located at City of Balanga National High School (COBNHS).
Consistent with the design and purpose of the BLH, the SLH functions as a resource center for students who cannot afford a dependable internet connection in their homes. Also, the SLH functions as a training center for senior high school students. The Department of Education (DepED) designed the senior high school curriculum to be career-oriented.
Since the city’s private partners donated the computer units used in these facilities, the government did not allot budget for the project.
A Center of Excellence
All BLH units promote the use of Khan Academy, a website that provides self-guided learning. The website also comes with a lite version which can be installed in a computer unit and functions even without internet support.
Also, all BLH facilities serve as Tech4ED (Technology for Economic Development) Centers. Tech4ED is a national government project under the Department of Information and Communications Technology. Through this project, the national government came up with a comprehensive information system that citizens can access by availing of the Tech4ED Center’s services. Steps on how to transact with government offices and tips on how to improve farming techniques are just some of the information included in Tech4ED services.
With the BLH’s success both in the community and in the academe, Mayor Garcia is eyeing to open more facilities in other barangays. Arli Joshua Atienza