A digital literacy learning program that will introduce public school students to basic coding concepts and other computer science competencies will soon be implemented in San Juan City.

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The San Juan City government, together with Ayala Foundation, Ortigas Land and Department of Education-San Juan, sign an agreement for the launching of , a digital literacy program which will help improve the digital competence of public schools in San Juan. (Photo from San Juan LGU / MANILA BULLETIN)

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ayala Foundation for the launching of the program in public schools in the city.

The digital literacy program, which will be piloted in Pinaglabanan Elementary School, is also in partnership with the Department of Education-Division of San Juan and Ortigas Land.

code/it is a digital literacy learning program conceptualized by Ayala Foundation to introduce basic computer science and coding concepts to public school students.

“I am grateful because it is about to begin and we are about to sign a memorandum of agreement where the Ayala Foundation, with the help of Ortigas and Company, will teach our teachers digitalization, computer technology and programming, which in turn will teach other teachers and our students here in San Juan,” Zamora said.

“If this will be executed, our students here in San Juan will be at the advantage and it is just a sure edge in terms of being gainfully employed if the students were digitally trained and competitive early on,” he added.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) had earlier selected San Juan City as the pilot site for its “smart city” project, which seeks to digitally transform the city by improving city-wide internet connectivity.

Last year, the DICT implemented its Free WiFi for All Program in the city, wherein WiFi hotspots were strategically installed in San Juan’s public spaces. The DICT has also chosen the Pinaglabanan Elementary School as the pilot school for its digital learning project.

Under such a project, the local government received a total of 12,000 tablet computers, 1,000 laptops, and 1,000 pocket WiFis which will soon be distributed to public school students in the city.

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