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DICT considers transforming internet cafes into digital classrooms and workstations

DICT considers transforming internet cafes into digital classrooms and workstations

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) encourages everyone to work from home, as much as possible, to contain the spread of coronavirus disease.

On the other hand, Department of Education (DepEd) launches an online platform “DepEd Commons” to continue education at home as classes were also suspended.

But sadly, not everyone has computers or appropriate gadgets and access to internet to continue their normal lives amidst this enhanced community quarantine.

As a possible solution to this, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) eyed to convert internet cafes into digital classroom and digital workstations for those who do not have access at home.

According to DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, they are planning to implement this in every community. As for the date of implementation, it is not yet stated.

“Isa pang ginagawa namin ay i-repurpose lahat ng mga internet cafe natin para pwedeng maging digital classroom or digital workplace. Papairalin natin itong business order na ito sa isang komunidad or sa isang subdivision, makapagtayo ng isang enterprising doon para doon na lang pumunta ang tao at mga neighbor niya, ‘yung walang connectivity for example, na makapag-aral at makapag-work from home,” Usec Rio said in an interview.

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