Nine hundred high school students from Dr. Arcadio Santos High National High School – Sun Valley Annex in Paranaque City will be enjoying learning with brand new computers from ASUS, one of the largest computer manufacturers.
Asus Foundation, an organization fully funded by the computer giant, donated forty (40) computer sets to the Sun Valley E-learning Digital Center as well as twenty (20) Eee PCs for the mobile education truck in Paombong, Bulacan. This is part of the second phase of Taiwan’s Apec Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project called ADOC 2.0 and was launched with the opening of the Sun Valley E-learning Center last July 9, 2009.
Paranaque 2nd District Congressman Roilo Golez, MECO Amb. Antonio Basilio, TECO Amb. Donald Lee, Paranaque City Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe, Jr, ADOC Deputy Director Wen-Chuan Hung, ASUS Foundation Director Wen-Ling Lee, OIC Principal Thelma F. Montiel and representatives of ASUS Philippines graced the occasion.
The APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) was initiated by Chinese Taipei in the 2003 APEC meeting in Bangkok to meet the goal of bridging digital divide among APEC Economies. It has collaborated with seven APEC economies – Chile, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines since its inception. In the second phase of the project, ADOC asked for the support of private companies, like ASUS, to help gather resources.
Six ADOC centers have been set up in the Philippines in the past four years: the National Computer Center in Quezon City, Tele-Center at the Smokey Mountain, e-Care Center for visually impaired persons in Quezon City, e-learning centers at the University of the Philippines for Women’s Studies and at the ZOTO (Zone One Tondo Organization). Thousands of trainees have benefited from the ADOC training programs.
The ADOC 2.0 project has also helped thousands of students gain access to the vast information available on the internet and train them with sufficient computer skills needed in the new digital era.