Rep. Cua vows support to DepEd’s online classes
CABARROGUIS, Quirino, June 12 (PIA)—Congressman Junie E. Cua of the lone district of Quirino has reiterated his full support to the Department of Education (DepEd) in this trying times saying that the partnership between the provincial government of Quirino, the DepEd and the Office of the congressman has long been institutionalized long before the COVID-19 came.
Speaking at the virtual launching of the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela here, the congressman assured his commitment to support the DepEd’s programs financially, spiritually, morally for the cause of education.
“We, the Quirinians stand very proud as we launch these programs to bring education to our young boys and girls, our youth under a very challenging environment, an environment of fear of infection, we have an enemy whom we cannot see and is all over the place and you wouldn’t even know that you are talking to someone who may be infected,” Cua said.
Cua added that the challenge has even become harder for DepEd to manage knowing children and teenagers as social mixers and by nature resistant to the idea of physical distancing which is a very important protocol of the health program if we are to control the spread of COVID-19. .
“The delivery of education services will have to undergo revolutionary changes until a vaccine is discovered and safely dispensed to the public.
“The Covid-19 pandemic compels us to use the digital platform as a possible means of educating our people so that we can avoid going out of our houses and avoid converging together.
Cua said while these technologies are available, there is a need for massive investment in digital infrastructure and to address this, the congress is putting up legislation that will empower, capacitate and even encourage by way of incentive mechanism private sector investment, investment into the digital infrastructure.
He said the investment will require amount of funding for it should not only be the big Telcos that should be involved but even the small ones who can more effectively take care of the needs for connectivity of missionary areas like Quirino and many other places where there is not sufficient or critical number of clients to justify big and huge investment in digital infrastructure,” Cua further said.
“We need to think outside the box, encourage the small Telcos to invest in the rural areas like the province of Quirino so that we can bring forth to our houses this miracle and this magic of digital technology, this requires massive investment in funds and political will,” Cua said.
Furthermore, Cua has expressed optimism that the COVID-19 crisis may even become a blessing if it is properly managed and provided with a very strong support. (TCB)