Philippines moves to support the cyber-education project to give it protection from unnecessary controversy.
The cyber-education project of the Department of Education is aimed at elevating the country's educational system. The President said that the oversight panel that includes the private sector should work out procedures to protect the cyber education project from unnecessary controversy so world-class ICT would reach fourth- to sixth-class municipalities and reach our schools. The cyber-education project uses a satellite-based distance learning which is widely used in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Panama, Thailand, India, Indonesia and China and other countries. It is an offshoot of the ICT-based education agenda included in the economic cooperation agreement signed by the Philippines and China in June 2006 that is being undertaken with the China's Tsinghua University. The government earmarked P5 billion for the first phase of the project, which was expected to become operational early next year.