Technology as an Effective Tool in Solutions for Health and its Socio-Educational Implication During Covid-19 Pandemic in the Philippines
By: Erika Jane C. Sanao
Consider a world in which the internet does not exist, and the last few decades of technological growth are erased. Consider how governments, schools, and companies might have responded if the COVID-19 epidemic had occurred at that time. This epidemic has produced significant disruptions in the domestic economy, as a result of community restrictions that have restricted people’s movement and prompted businesses to close across the country.
When it comes to contact tracing and early management, technology plays a critical role. Cases are reported to us almost immediately as a result of the use of these digital technologies. As a result, we were able to visit instances as soon as they were reported, offer them with the appropriate support, and assist them in remaining safe.
Mobile technologies are also utilized to assess whether or not people are violating lockdown laws in certain situations. Such breakthroughs could open up new possibilities for countries who are battling to keep COVID-19 from spreading, particularly those with very high population populations. Additionally, technology has played a crucial role in the global sharing of information and guidelines that have been critical in combating the pandemic. As a result of the global community’s lockdown, the vast majority of the world’s population has shifted their attention to the usage of digital technology for a variety of objectives.
In light of the new normal that we are now experiencing, the use of digital technology and digital transformation has become increasingly vital for Filipinos in managing with the current crisis, moving towards economic recovery, and getting us back on track towards our long-term objective.
Despite its status as a developing country, the Philippines is well-versed in the use of digital technology for social communication.
The use of Facebook for socialization had been one of the most popular pastimes among Filipinos previous to the outbreak of the virus. There are numerous Facebook group groups that have sprung up to keep members up to date on the newest trends and news items pertaining to the epidemic.
Aside from that, the possibility of using social media to establish virtual social interactions in the Philippines is highly likely to occur because many people are keen to review the government’s efforts to combat COVID19. Another good quarantine experience provided by modern technologies such as Youtube and Tik Tok to Filipino virtual communities was the creation of a constructive outlook for the stakeholders as they contributed for comparable experiences and coping tactics throughout the crisis.
When social media is used to augment future attempts linked to digital learning in the Philippines, it has the potential to boost student involvement in terms of behavioral, affective, and cognitive domains, according to research. However, in order for students to get the most out of social media, the objective of its inclusion in the course should be clearly specified so that the benefits of incorporating technologies may be realized through individual learning among the students.