By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) will be taking full advantage of technology by utilizing it for various programs and projects of the department.
“We are going to overhaul the information system in the entire department,” said Education Secretary Leonor Briones during the first National DepEd ICT Summit.
DepEd – through its Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS) – held the two-day conference Feb. 27-28 to gather ICT practitioners, leaders, policy-makers, achievers in ICT education, and other stakeholders nationwide.
“I am more interested in the results that ICT provides,” Briones said. It has long been established that technology can bring better education results. However, she noted that it can also aid in more efficient governance.
“Technology is not only useful in teaching, learning, in schools, and at homes…it is also useful in governance,” Briones said, noting that “ICT system is as good as what is inputted as data.”
Anchored on the theme “Digital Transformation for the KID (K to 12 + Alternative Learning System (ALS), ICT, and DepEd),” Briones, in her message, said that that this year’s theme reflects the highlights of her term’s 10-point agenda: “our commitment to the full implementation of the K to 12 basic education program; the expansion of the ALS for the out of school youth and adults (OSYAs), and the advancement of our efforts to keep up with the digital age and information society though ICT.”
“I have always been a firm believer of the power of ICT in the realization of our vision and mission to deliver quality, accessible, relevant and liberating basic education for all,” Briones said.