Stories of Change

Public schools improve facilities for delivered computers

 May 24, 2017    

By: Sandra Laureano





METRO MANILA — Public schools positively responded to the citizen monitoring of computers delivered to selected senior high schools. Prior to delivery, many schools’ facilities were found to be below DepEd standards to maintain the computers.


The Department of Education partnered with the United Nations Development Programme to procure the computers. To ensure care for the delivered computers, they mobilized third-party monitors to check the deliveries in each school. In the National Capital Region, the initiative was dubbed as “Pocomon Go!”.


After its three-month run, Pocomon Go! recorded improvements in school facilities where the computers were installed. The observations were recorded through a “Report Card”, which confirmed efforts that addressed the volunteer monitors’ comments on the school facilities.


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Photo: Volunteers during readiness review of one of the schools. 


Boy Scout volunteer, John Denver Vasquez, who visited a school for the Pocomon Go! report card, shared: “Sa pinuntahan po naming school, ang laki po ng pinagbago. Nung una, wala pong ilaw, aircon. Pagpunta namin uli, kumpleto na. Meron na upuan at na-install na ng maayos ang computers. (In the school we visited, there was a big change. In our first visit, there was no lighting, no aircon. When we returned, they were ready. They have chairs and the computers were properly installed.)”


School personnel affirmed how the monitoring feedback from the volunteers helped effect the improvements.


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Photo: One of the computer rooms in Doña Rosario High School transformed into a computer room.


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Photo: Windows in the computer room were also repaired.


Minda Via Esgado, computer teacher in Quezon City High School, said: “Malaki ang naitulong ng third-party monitors kasi sila ang nagbigay ng idea sa amin sa mga bagay na di kami familiar. Mas naging aware kami sa sitwasyon. Natulungan nila kami na mas maihanda ang facilities para mas maprotektahan ang computers. (Third-party monitors helped a lot because they clarified things to us. We were made more aware of the situation. They helped us prepare the facilities and protect the computers.)”


John Sta. Renala, ICT coordinator of Quezon City HS, added: “Nakatulong ang third-party monitoring kasi naging aware kami kung ano ang kakailanganin namin regarding sa security at maintenance ng computers, even yung pinaka-basic, mga chairs, ventilation, electric fans, grills. Before may mga kakulangan kami. Ngayon natugunan na yun. Kumpleto na ang electric fans. Meron na ring grills ang doors. Lahat ng chairs kumpleto na rin. (Third party monitoring informed us of the necessary requirements for the security and maintenance of the computers, even the basic ones, like chairs, ventilation, electric fans and grills. Now we have them– complete electric fans, door grills and chairs.)”


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