Tech4ED launched at Davao City Library & Information Center

THE TECH4ED Center was launched on June 7 at 2 p.m. at Davao City Library & Information Center.

The event started with the invocation followed by the Philippine National Anthem.

Welcome address was given by the Officer-in-Charge of Davao City Library & Information Center, Ms. Pedrita Badar.

The Tech4ED Focal Persons, Engr. Virgil Fuentes and Engr. Albert Gabriel shed light on the Teach4ED Project. They gave an Overview & Platform Demonstration so that the members of the audience would have an idea on the project launched.

After the Tech4ED Project overview and demonstration, the Department of Information & Communications Technology (DICT) Cluster Director – Mindanao Cluster, Director Alimbzar Asum gave a message followed by the message of Mayor Sara Duterte that was represented by City Councillor Pilar Braga.

Below is an overview the DICT officials talked over.

What is Technology for Economic Development (Tech4ED)?

Technology for Economic Development or Tech4ED is a project component of the Filipino program of the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Office of DOST Department of Science & Technology that aims to harness ICT to enable, empower and transform society toward creating an INCLUSIVE, integrated, and equitable countryside.

The Tech4ED Project aims to establish computer centers in the Rural areas to create more self-reliant communities through access to connectivity, communication, information, knowledge, vital government services: giving EQUAL Opportunities to National Participation and Development.

This project is created for all people from all walks of life especially the people from various sectors (i.e., Out-of-school youth (OSY) & Adults; Teachers; Students; People With Disabilities (PWDs); Women; Senior Citizens; OFWs, their Families/ Relatives; Entrepreneurs; Indigenous People (IP); and Farmers).

These are the different services one can avail at the Tech4ED Center: eEduSkills aims to deliver e-learning on demand to address the education divide. This includes Alternative Learning System (ALS)– provides an opportunity for the Out of School Youths and Adults to earn a High School Diploma; Learning English Application for Pinoys (LEAP)– improves English communication skills in preparation for the IT-BPM Industry; Skills Training– enables one to acquire skills and competencies to start a small business or get employed; and Values & Character Formation– enables out of school youth and students to uphold Filipino values.

eAssist aims to enable Women, PWDs, OFs including their families and relatives, Seniors, Indigenous People, Teachers & Career Shifters through access to special contents. This includes ICT for Digital Literacy– upgrades digital competencies for employment or entrepreneurial opportunities; ICT for Financial Literacy– enables one to learn how to save, spend, and invest your money; ICT for Career Development– develops competencies relevant to a particular industry for higher grade jobs; and ICT for Entrepreneurs– enables one to learn how to start his/ her own business and utilize ICT to expand market reach.

mMarketPlace aims to help people reach markets beyond their areas for exponential growth. This includes eTrade–enables real-time price watching and forecasting to ease business processes; Job Porta–enables job seekers to view descriptions of open positions, as well as employers to view profiles of potential applicants; Rural Impact Sourcing–promotes entrepreneurs through online jobs direct to employers locally or abroad;

eAssess provides industry assessment and certification for the purpose of convenience and cost-efficiency. The segment has industry testing, TESDA Certifications, Job Portals, Industry Assessment, and Industry Certification.

mAgri (or “mobile”-Agri) enhances farm technologies for product diversity, which includes products from aquaculture, livestock, and agriculture.

eGovServ provides direct government services in rural communities. The segment does not only provide payment portals but also services from other government agencies through ICT.

The newly trained Tech4ED Center Managers were given the certificates of training during said event. Before the ribbon cutting at the new Tech4ED Center, the Ceremonial MOA Signing and unveiling of Tech4ED Centers were carried out by Braga, Asum and other DICT officials.

The different Tech4ED Centers are as follows: City Library, City Mobile Library,                 Baguio Reading Center, Cabantian District Library, Calinan District Library, Catalunan District Library, Tibungco District Library, Toril District Library, and Tugbok District Library.

Some of the stakeholders of said project expressed their words of commitment as co-implementing partners. The DICT Chief, Technical Consultancy Support Division, Engr. Leo Ugto formally closed the event as he gave the closing remarks.

Before going home, the DICT Officials spearheaded by Director Asum and the Davao City Library OIC Badar with the Mobile Library Team have had a separate ribbon cutting at the Mobile Library and took chance of getting in the bus (Mobile Library) where laptops are readily available for the Tech4ED Program as part of the library modernization services. (Elmer L. Amarillo)

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