The governor Pedro Pierluisi This Friday inaugurated a new Technological Educational Center (CET) in the Ignacio Morales residential complex, in Naguabowith which there are 50 installations of this type in public housing complexes, as part of an initiative that seeks to cover the entire island.
The newly opened space will have six computers, platform programs Microsofta television, modules and other devices, it was reported.
“We agree that education is a pillar of society and, therefore, it is imperative to build solid foundations to provide a future for new generations. The pandemic (of COVID-19) hit us hard, but, at the same time, it showed us that Technology is here to stay and to provide alternatives and better access to education and services that our young people and older adults need,” said the governor during the inauguration of the center.
According to Pierluisi, his government has allocated nearly $3.9 million to provide technological resources to residents of public housing projects. He stated that the goal is to establish educational centers of this type in more than 320 residential areas throughout the country. On Thursday, a center was inaugurated in the Carolina Housing residential complex.
The announcement came at a time when it is expected that Puerto Rico is one of the jurisdictions hardest hit by the elimination of the $30 monthly federal subsidy for high-speed internet servicewhich is estimated to happen in April, if the United States Congress does not approve additional funds.
In a recent interview with The new daythe president of the Puerto Rican Telecommunications Alliance, Wanda Perezestimated that more than half of the households benefit from the subsidy, which was awarded in the midst of the pandemic.
The Public Housing Administration (AVP) will allocate more than $13,500 to the Ignacio Morales residential complex to maintain community internet service in the common areas and the area near the CET, it was indicated.
Regarding the plans to expand these centers in all residential areas in the country, the AVP administrator, Alejandro Salgado Colonindicated that some of these communities have already identified available spaces, but in others new infrastructure will have to be built. He projected that covering all the residential areas will take about a year and a half.
“We are following up on the plan to establish a Technological Educational Center in each residential area in Puerto Rico, and thus minimize any digital divide that hinders the well-being of our residents”said Salgado Colon.
Meanwhile, the secretary of the Housing Department, William Rodriguez Rodriguez, He expressed that the intention is that these spaces serve to combat school dropouts and promote academic achievement.
“In these spaces, Programs and clubs will be developed aimed at preventing school dropouts and developing new techniques for success in various aspects.“, added the president of the AVP Governing Board and former administrator of the public entity.
On the other hand, the head of the AVP said that more than $1.4 million have been invested in the Ignacio Morales residential complex for the waterproofing of roofs and accessibility improvements to different housing units.
“The improvements include roof waterproofing and sealing work on all residential buildings and administration offices, at a cost of $685,000. In addition, various housing units were rehabilitated and the accessibility improved at an additional cost of $790,000″, for his part, Pierluisi detailed about that work.