Monday, July 30, 2007

Tablas Island, Romblon

The province of Romblon is composed of seven islands. GILAS has conducted an orientation with the heads of the public high schools in Tablas Island, the biggest island in the province. The usual way to reach the island was by riding a ship from Manila to Odiongan. But the GILAS team took a faster, but more dangerous route. We flew from Manila to Caticlan via Asian Spirit, and rode for two and a half hours on a small boat from Caticlan to the town of Looc. This is quite dangerous because part of the sea that we traversed was shaky, we're riding a small boat, and the travel time was quite long. When typhoon Milenyo struck the country last September, we were prohibited to travel, so we extended our stay in the island for one day.

Romblon is one of the more challenging areas for GILAS primarily due to the unavailability of Internet providers in most areas. We are not too optimistic about being able to connect all the schools in Tablas Island, more so in the smaller islands. We hope that in the later months or years, telecommunications facilities will improve in this province.

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