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Luis Campos: Digitally connected na! P3-B allotted for ‘smart campuses’ in SUCs

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“Students may soon be able to attend classroom lectures remotely from the comfort of their dormitory rooms and use their smartphones to access their grades with the P3 billion allotted by Congress for “smart campuses” in 112 state universities and colleges (SUCs), Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said.

Under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act that President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Sept. 11, Campos said SUCs can use the P3 billion to fast-track the integration of digital technologies into their learning and administrative systems.

Digital technologies are electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store and process data.

“We’ve provided P3 billion in new appropriations to help SUCs quickly develop digitally connected campuses where devices and applications create new experiences that benefit students, faculty and their surrounding communities,” Campos said.

Apart from the P3 billion in the Bayanihan 2 law, Campos also said the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 also provides for a P309-billion appropriation for the Department of Information and Communications Technology to upgrade the password-free Internet networks of SUCs.

The Commission on Higher Education earlier said that only 20 percent of SUCs are equipped to conduct online classes. Some 1.3 million students are currently enrolled in all SUCs.