IN ORDER TO EXTEND THE SERVICES OF THE SCHOOL TO THE community, Lorma Colleges, particularly the College of Computer Science and Engineering (CCSE) joined forces with Department of Science and Technology (DOST) by signing a 3-year contract held at DOST- La Union Regional Office last August 23.
The signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) states that the college will provide a technical software development, training and infrastructure for the locality of Ilocos.
Under this condition, DOST requested for the making of a Property Management System.
This software functions as a central inventory system to organize the supplies and properties data of the department.
Lorma Colleges will also have a Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program to the beginners of business-making.
Abbreviated as SETUP, this program aims to provide knowledge on how to further develop the products and processes of a certain business.
It sets to benchmark a technical support system for the small scale businesses in the region. In addition, a website will be created which will be a central online shop of the products coming from the Ilocos Region.
Basing from the success of similar concept from the O.T.O.P (one town, one product) program, the website shall be a technical as well as a visual advertising tool in attracting online consumers and netizens about Region 1’s many hometown delicacies and products. Recently, 25 Fourth Year students of San Juan National High School were also entitled to a Graphics Animation Training as a part of the agreement.
According to Allan Lao, Program Head of Information Technology, public schools such as La Union National High School will be also receiving a training program in the future.
Mr. Lao also added that Lorma Colleges will also provide an active part in the transparency of the government by making official websites of all the municipalities of La Union which these municipalities can post their official transactions.
The school is currently managing the official website of La Union.
“The municipalities will only need to request [from us] and we will give it to them for free,” said Lao.
Together with Lao, the MOA was signed by Dr. Jose Mainggang, Executive Director of Lorma, Elsa Chan, Director of DOST, and Engr. Ana Belen Noble, Dean of CCSE.
As a holder of Center of Development of Excellence in Information Technology for 10 years, this venture puts a stamp to its social responsibility and community involvement pledge to support locale groups and institutions. He mentioned that other paramedical courses in Lorma might be paving way for medical missions and outreach programs. Mr. Lao added that this is the department’s way of giving back to the community.
Written by Raniel Jhay Sandaga
From Lorma Highlights