The City of Balanga Information Hub Vision-Aligned Circle (COBIH VAC) sealed its partnership with the academe and business sector on May 4 at one of the Pocket Parks along Capitol Drive.
City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with representatives of selected tertiary schools, namely: Dr. Gregorio Rodis of Bataan Peninsula University (BPSU), Mr. Arnold Vergara of Bataan Heroes’ Memorial College (BHMC), and Mr. Rogelio Zulueta of Eastwoods Professional College of Science and Technology.
The Beanery and Fluturi Beauty Essentials, both business establishments in the city, entered the agreement through their representatives Mr. Germain Deray and Ms. Danicca Shiela San Antonio-Baluyot, respectively.
In his address, Mayor Garcia said that the Pocket Park and its kiosks were built to serve the community, especially the students. He also encouraged young people to stay at the Park, not only for leisure but also for learning.
The Park is rigged with reliable wireless Internet connection, while the kiosks contain educational games donated by partner schools.
Members of the Performance Governance System (PGS) Core Team led by Ms. Myrna Roman witnessed the sealing of partnership.
Specially Made for Students
Though the partnership aims to popularize the kiosks among Balangueños, it also gives students an opportunity to enjoy learning through educational games.
Engr. Aida Solomon, dean of BPSU College of Information and Communication Technology (CICT) welcomed the partnership saying that it will give them a platform to showcase their students’ outputs.
In a letter sent to COBIH on May 3, Solomon said that she was hoping this partnership would be the start of close collaboration between the city government and her university. She also lauded the city government’s effort to bring its services closer to young people.
The said outputs are educational games produced by their students over the years.
Eastwoods College and BHMC also gave their own contributions to the kiosks’ contents.
On the other hand, COBIH selected some information technology students (IT) and gave them trainings on videography. After the trainings, the students were asked to create an informative commercial (infomercial) about start-ups and knowledge-based businesses. The infomercials were uploaded to the kiosks for public viewing.
According to Ms. Nenette Santos, Management Information Services Officer and COBIH head, her team is planning to expand the partnership and include more community stakeholders. Likewise, they will conduct two more trainings with the same goal of producing outputs for the kiosks. By Arli Joshua Atienza