/ 19 August 2023

SENATE President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda batted for the use of technology as a tool to boost education.

“I want to make sure that our people get the best for their education, communication, and other relevant transactions to make their lives easier,” Legarda said at the Tech Talks symposium in the Senate.

She added that senators are also working on a digital literacy bill “that will make sure that our nation is equipped with the proper tools in the digital realm.”

At the same time, Legarda reminded the public to remain vigilant against the ever-growing threat in cyberspace.

“As we enjoy the benefits of technology and advancement, we must not forget the risks and threats,” she said.

“I hope that you will all be equipped with the tools and skills to navigate the digital world responsibly,” she added.

In Antique, Legarda launched the e-governance project and the activation of 150 WiFi sites through the implementation of the National Broadband Plan, which connects some of the far-flung areas to the World Wide Web through the Broad Band ng Masa project.

She donated Starlink Internet units in several schools, where up to 150 users can connect simultaneously and enjoy the internet with download speeds up to 170.3 Mbps.

These schools are the Lacaron Integrated School in Sibalom, Sta. Ana National High School in Pandan, Eastern Laua-an National High School in Laua-an, Pangalcagan National High School in Bugasong, Flores Integrated School in Culasi, and General Fullon Elementary School in Hamtic.

In partnership with Google, the province of Antique, through the Antique Development Foundation, and partner organizations, 500 Google scholars will be able to learn project management, IT support, data analytics, and UX design.