Ilocos town launches e-library

NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur, Aug 22 (PIA) — An e-library was launched in this town to help meet the research needs of students who do not have computers at home.

The Narvacan e-Library, which is located at the second floor of the People’s Center at the plaza of Narvacan town, is considered to be the first of its kind in the second district of Ilocos Sur.

Narvacan town Mayor Mayor Zuriel S. Zaragoza, who initiated the project, said Wednesday that the e-library is now operational and serves as an Internet research center for students who can browse through the web to suit their educational and scientific needs.

He said the e-library was established as part of his administration’s educational program, which has seen an increase in budgetary allotment for the past few years.

To avail themselves of the facilities of the e-Library, users are only required to pay a one-time membership fee of P150 which entitles them unlimited use of the computers.

There is also a special promo for the first 300 members, who will only pay a membership fee of P100. Presently, 25 computers are available for use at the e-Library.

Zaragoza has assured additional computer units will be acquired in the near future to accommodate more users.

All students who are residents of Narvacan may apply for membership but students from nearby municipalities and provinces who are studying in Narvacan can also become members.

The Narvacan e-Library will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

To ensure the safety of students who will be using the e-Library computers at night, Mayor Zaragoza has directed tricycle drivers who are operating at night to adopt a color-coding scheme and to sign a logbook.

Moreover, to create an environment conducive to learning, the e-Library has prohibited the use of its computers for social networking (Facebook) and games.

The computers are to be used exclusively for educational purposes and for research.

Through the e-Library, the municipal administration seeks to facilitate learning using the latest in advances in technology. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

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