Virgilio U. Manzano Director, Model Information and Technology Classroom (MITC) University of the Philippines College of Education Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines and Coordinator, Associated Schools Project Network (ASPNet) UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, Pasay City, Philippines

Introduction In the advent of the implementation of the 2002 Basic Education Curriculum of the Philippines under the leadership of the Department of Education (DepEd), the need to use e-learning in the classroom is important since integration of subject areas is emphasized. In the formal school curriculum, which covers a period of 6 years for elementary and 4 years secondary education levels, the subjects being offered at the basic education level include Filipino, English, Mathematics, Science and Makabayan (Nationalism). The non-formal education program allows out-of-school youth to graduate from the secondary school after passing the Proficiency and Equivalency Test. According to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines, she envisions every child in the Philippines to acquire quality education, and that every classroom should have a computer. Based on her State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Arroyo stated her program in providing an approach the ensures high-quality education (Orani, 2003). In July 2003, President Arroyo started the program known as the Strong Republic School Distance Learning System (SRDLS). She stated the need for a government to support the use of distance education utilizing e-learning as one approaches to promote the provision of quality education in the local communities and to promote equal access to basic education that include the elementary and secondary school level. There are a lot advantages of using e-learning in the in-school and off-school settings in the Philippines. It allows interactivity between the lesson and the learner. The individualization of each learner is enhanced. The cost-effectiveness can be seen on it since the reproduction and distribution of learning materials is considered to be inexpensive. Its novelty allows the learners to deal on interesting lessons allowing them to become well motivated and receptive to ides provided. The integrity of each lessons can be maintained since the computer allows the delivery of uniform information in a sequential manner based on the needs of the learners, anytime and anywhere.

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