Dagupan e-library set to open

IT was only but a wish last year, and it became a dream come true this year.

The city will now have an e-library on Feb. 13.

The idea came from 15-year-old Jilian Kay Madison S. Fernandez, young city mayor of Dagupan, who proposed its establishment to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) when she and other officers of Manlingkor Ya Kalangweran (MYK) had their leadership training last year.

With the help of Councilors Maybelyn dela Cruz-Fernandez, Jose Netu Tamayo and Jeslito See, the draft ordinance establishing the digital library of Dagupan City was crafted and was introduced and approved by the city council on August 9 last year. Young Councilor Diane-Prado sponsored it.

The ordinance acknowledged that the establishment of a digital library, an online archive of different e-books, articles, journals and other educational reading materials, is vital to the learning experience of students and to their academic achievement.

On Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, Mayor Belen Fernandez gathered anew the MYK officers to inform them about the upcoming inauguration of the e-library, equipped with 50 sets of computers arranged neatly inside the spacious air-conditioned newly-built building along Bonifacio St., Barangay Poblacion Oeste.

She asked the students for their suggestions/opinions to improve better the services of the e-library and assured them that the support will be provided.

City Administrator Farah Marie Decano confirmed that as proposed by Young Mayor Jilian, the primary qualified users of the digital library, are students of schools in this city and city residents will be asked to pay P150  a year while students of public schools are exempted from paying the library fee.

Decano quoted the young Fernandez as saying that “Sometimes we have to put value to our privilege.”

For the first three months from the establishment of the digital library website, library fees shall be waived and the e-library will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday to enable students to maximize its use.

Ryan Castañeda, an ICT official in the city government, asked the students for their preferred apps to be installed in the computer system that could help in their research activities and needs of students of Alternative Learning System. (Eva Visperas)

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