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May Internet na sa campus! P327M allotted for WiFi in SUCs- Legarda

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All state universities and colleges (SUCs) will each receive an additional P10 million in their capital outlay in 2018 for the purchase of school equipment and improvement of their facilities.

Legarda on Thursday said that P327 million under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was allocated to install Wi-Fi in all SUCs in order to aid students with their school research and requirements.

“As we anticipate the implementation of our free college education in all SUCs this year, we must also ensure that we provide a quality learning environment for our students,” she said.

“Our classrooms should not leak, our buildings should be painted, our facilities up-to-date, and our restrooms clean and have running water,” she said.

These are basic needs that will certainly attract more students and out-of-school youth in getting into college,” said Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance.

According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), enrollment in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Agri-Fisheries and Mathematics (STEAM) courses is rising, Legarda said.

“In order to maintain this upward trend, the SUCs must have the equipment, special laboratories, expert trainers and teachers, and scholarship programs needed for the teachers to be able to be competent in giving our students the best education in STEAM and other courses,” she said.

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