Who needs a smartphone, laptop or tablet to do well at school, when good old three-generational (3G) playground and fitness parks will do?
Such 3G parks, located in several towns in the first and second districts of Ilocos Norte, inspire children to go to and do well at school.
“The park is a great boost to our children’s learning experience. It develops them physically, mentally and socially,” said Milagros Ladia, principal of Bingao Elementary School in San Nicolas town, following the inauguration of another 3G park there (3G parks in Ilocos Norte boost children’s school performance).
Other areas in the province with their own 3G parks include Dumalneg, Pagudpud and Carasi towns in the first district; and Pinili, Dingras, San Nicolas and Badoc in the second district.
The 3G park is a communal space where children, adults and even senior citizens, can engage in active play or exercise.
Senior Provincial Board Member Matthew Joseph Manotoc, who chairs of the committee on sports and education, said 12 rural schools already established 3G parks in Ilocos Norte.
Manotoc said these shall be eventually opened to the general public, even after classes or during weekends.
He added more 3G parks are being established in primary schools in the province to promote active lifestyle and overall wellness in local communities.
The parks are built under the Special Education Fund of Ilocos Norte, in cooperation with the Department of Education, he said