DICT’s Tech Ed­u­ca­tion opens em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Ru­ral Im­pact Sourc­ing (RIS) col­lab­o­ra­tive project of the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT) is paving the way for grad­u­ates who would like to en­gage into dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing and busi­ness process out­sourc­ing in the com­mu­ni­ties.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion of the DICT’s Tech­nol­ogy Em­pow­er­ment for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (Tech4ED) Project and RIS aims to bridge dig­i­tal gap by pro­vid­ing dig­i­tal ac­cess and in­for­mal skills train­ing to the “un­served” and “un­der­served” com­mu­ni­ties.

It like­wise rec­og­nizes the role of the Mi­cro Small Medium En­ter­prise (MSME) to pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and con­trib­ute to eco­nomic growth es­pe­cially within their lo­cal­ity. It will also serve as an av­enue to pro­mote the use of e-Com­merce by MSME.

Part of the pro­gram is the es­tab­lish­ment of an RIS hub re­cently launched in part­ner­ship with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment. This will be used as an in­cu­ba­tion hub or small IT-BPO Cen­ter for grad­u­ates or any­one in­ter­ested in on­line work or free­lanc­ing.

Janelle Dul­nuan is one of the grad­u­ates of the Ru­ral Em­pow­er­ment and Im­pact Sourc­ing Train­ing in the prov­ince hav­ing good per­for­mance. A nurse by pro­fes­sion, Dul­nuan said the course is an ad­di­tional learn­ing to widen her skill. The RIS train­ing in­creases peo­ple’s hire­abil­ity by fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ment and im­prove­ment on their ICT skills for em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The train­ing she said boosted her con­fi­dence to show­case or ap­ply the learn­ings in pro­grams and com­pe­ti­tions after qual­i­fy­ing for the social en­ter­prise. She was for­tu­nate to find an op­por­tu­nity for the en­ter­prise ven­ture.

She was able to ac­quire a P1 mil­lion grant to­gether with her team from the Tuk­las In­no­va­tion Labs, a com­mu­nity-cen­tered in­no­va­tion project that seeks to find home­grown so­lu­tions on disaster risk re­duc­tion and man­age­ment. Her team called ‘Plot and Play’ is one of the 40 ben­e­fi­cia­ries na­tion­wide.

The con­cept of their project is to cre­ate board

game soft­ware for disasters to­gether with a com­mu­nity which will serve as a pilot area. Her team will work hand in hand with the com­mu­nity in barangay Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet in or­der to develop a soft­ware that would have an im­pact. The project starts this March and ends by Novem­ber this year.

While do­ing free­lance con­sul­tancy for a Ja­panese busi­ness­man, she works for her team’s en­ter­prise as she has flex­i­bil­ity of her time sched­ule. PIA – CAR

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