The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday said it had procured 108,000 Adobe Creative Cloud licenses to help advance the digital literacy of teachers and learners nationwide.

In a statement, Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua said the DepEd wanted to prepare learners to be “globally inclined” by encouraging the use of industry-standard software.

“DepEd must provide these licenses to our public schools because we are now in the creative development era. Anyone can be a content creator due to the simplification and adaptability of existing mobile devices where learning and design can blend as one,” he said.

Mark Sy, the head of DepEd’s educational technology unit, said the applications and tools could help public school graduates become more competitive.

“If we do not provide them with these tools, we cannot have competitive graduates who will help the Philippines in [raising] global digital skills standards that contribute to nation-building,” he said.

The DepEd has conducted webinars to train teachers on how to use the Adobe applications through its Digital Rise Program.

Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of more than 20 applications and services for photography, video, graphic design and other uses. John Ezekiel J. Hirro