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Requests Flood "Share-a-Computer" Project

Requests and solicitations for computers coming from various schools, barangays, civic organizations and NGOs, and even government agencies in the province have literally engulfed former Catanduanes Vice Governor and now DOTC Assistant Secretary Cesar V. Sarmiento since the launching of "Share-a-Computer" project last month.

Sources close to AsSec. Sarmiento disclosed to Tribune that he remains confident that used but working computers would keep on coming as friends who have given theirs have called on other friends to also help.

The project, initiated by Sarmiento to help provide access to computers and the advantages of information technology to schools as well as to communities and organizations, has already benefited more than thirty recipients to date. The sources said that even Sarmiento himself was overwhelmed by the clamor for computers, particularly by schools.

According to Assec. Sarmiento, "Share-a-Computer" was conceived when friends who had refurbished their IT facilities offered the former Vice Governor used but perfectly working computers. He gladly accepted and had it shipped to Catanduanes to give to some friends.

Soon, he realized the opportunity by which he could extend some help in alleviating the computer illiteracy in the Province. He called on friends who were more than willing to help, and "Share-a-Computer" project was born.

This is phenomenal though,
enthused Assec. Sarmiento.
Suddenly it’s like a bandwagon. More schools are inviting me to share in their school activities like PTA inductions, either as inducting officer or as guest speaker. Naturally, this is a privilege that I could and would not refuse, one that I rather welcome wholeheartedly. For each school I see that has no computer, I would be dishing out at least one set.
I was moved by a principal during her speech while gracing an induction ceremony. She said that having a computer was a dream of their school. She also said that somehow, it had become a reality with the "Share-a-Computer" project,
he narrated.

The DOTC Assistant Secretary said that Catanduanes, though being one among the poorest provinces, should not afford to lose in the fight against illiteracy in computer. He added that the undertaking was no longer a project but has become a realization of the need to parallel our vision with that of modern technology.

The requests (for computers) are overwhelming. It only means that Catandunganons don’t want to be lagging behind the advancement of technology, especially those that will benefit them the most. Our schools need computers, and so too other offices and entities that could not afford to buy one,
he declared.
This is a bold step I made out front. Our fellow Catandunganons somewhere, abroad or anywhere else, can also share in this undertaking,

he said.

< Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 05 August 2009

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