AsSec. Sarmiento Launches “Share-a-Computer” Project - CT

Department of Transportation and Communication Assistant Secretary and former Catanduanes Vice Governor Atty. Cesar V. Sarmiento recently launched the distribution of computers to different barangays and public schools in the province. Dubbed as “share-a-computer”, the project which kicked off last June 15, was initiated by Sarmiento as his personal share in helping Catandunganons, particularly students and pupils, be aware of the benefits and the advantages offered by the information technology, specifically, to help provide technological facilities like computers in the sector of education and local governance.

“This project aims foremost to give opportunity to students and pupils to experience hands-on the use of computers. Unfortunately, some of our teachers also share the same proportion of apprenticeship on it, especially for those who are assigned in remote areas. If there would be enough supply, which we are currently working out, we also consider providing for community organizations that definitely have need for it,” explained AsSec. Sarmiento.

“These are hand-me-down units I solicited from friends but are still very much functional after some upgrading and reprogramming”, he stressed. “Somehow, this personal initiative will complement the shortcomings of our government to provide new and costly computers in every school,” the former Vice Governor added.

“In fact, being with the DOTC, I was able to include the local government units of Baras, Pandan, and Viga in a project that had these municipalities installed with internet facilities last year. Otherwise, these facilities would have been placed elsewhere and definitely outside of Catanduanes,” he enthused.

AsSec. Sarmiento is outstandingly noted for his firm advocacy and support to education. In 2001, when he started his term as Vice Governor, he initiated and organized the Cesar V. Sarmiento Oratorical Cup, an annual competition among secondary students in the Province, as his personal share and participation in over-all development of Catanduanes youths.

Since then, in spite of his non-involvement in politics after serving one term, he would not fail in staging the Cup yearly. He intimated that the Organizing Committee is already working out for the Cup’s 9th Staging set sometime in October and that the invitations will soon be out.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 15 July 2009