Learning hubs pushed for 80 Cebu City villages

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CEBU City Councilor Alvin Dizon has proposed a measure that would institutionalize the establishment of learning hubs in all 80 barangays of Cebu City.

The proposed ordinance was already referred to the City Council’s committee on laws, Dizon said.

The local lawmaker filed the legislation during the City Council’s regular session on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.

Dizon said the creation of learning hubs in the barangays would allow students who lack internet connection or gadgets for distance learning to have a place to still continue with their studies.

Learning hubs, as defined in Dizon’s measure are “accessible centers or facilities in the barangay to support learners’ learning and well-being by providing safe places for learners to connect to school, caring adults, and additional services such as help or guidance from tutors or learning facilitators and access to computers, gadgets, equipment and internet for free.”

Dizon said the barangays would collaborate and foster partnerships with the private sector and the Parents-Teachers Associations in the establishment of these learning hubs.

He also identified the Local School Board, Association of Barangay Councils and the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation as the implementing offices of this measure, which are also tasked to create a technical working group within 30 days from the effectivity of the ordinance.

The TWG will be the one to tap the expertise and competence of individuals or groups to enhance the formulation of the measure’s implementing rules and regulations.

Under the proposed ordinance, a yearly amount of P10 million will be appropriated for the implementation and sustainability of this program.

The amount will be charged against the general fund of the City Government. (WBS)

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