/ 3 September 2021

PARAÑAQUE City 2nd District Rep. Joy Myra Tambunting pushed a measure that will establish Educational Technology Clearinghouses in the country.

In filing House Bill 9967 or the proposed Educational Technology Clearinghouse Act, Tambunting said computer literacy has become a very important skill in most jobs across all sectors that “there is a need to ensure that our population can keep up with technologies currently available.”

Tambunting lamented that a lot of schools do not have access to computers or only have access to a few older units that cannot perform advanced functions.

She added that the number of computer units in most schools are not enough to cater to all students. Public libraries also face the same problem.

Tambunting’s measure aims to authorize a program to support regional educational technology clearinghouses that facilitate the donation of surplus equipment and technology to schools and libraries from governmental agencies, businesses and other private entities.

Under the bill, the Secretary of Education is mandated to make grants or enter into contracts with regional public or private nonprofit entities for the purpose of supporting a system of regional educational technology clearinghousees.