An almost two-month technical training on Rural Impact Sourcing implemented by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in the province ended last week with 23 trainees comprising the first batch finishing the course last Sept. 19 at Rakdell Inn in Virac.
Aimed at developing and increasing the ICT technical skills of the trainees and creating ICT-enabled jobs in the rural areas, as well as promote local talent and businesses to achieve inclusive growth, the training was implemented by DICT in partnership with the provincial government, the 11 municipalities, the Catanduanes State University (CSU), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
The DICT scholars were granted 20,700 each to avail of the 10-day face-to-face and 15-day online RIS Technical Training which focused on Branding for Companies, Products and Services, Web Development, Product Photography and Content Writing, Business Blogging, Building of their own Freelancer Profile and other related trainings.
They were also taught about Data Privacy Law, Cybercrime Law, and Digital Marketing Ethics.
Undertaken for almost 2 months, the training not only benefited the trainees but also their partner MSMEs where they were given the opportunity to have online presence and be able to promote their products and services globally.
In his inspirational message, Governor Joseph Cua commended the graduates for their desire and determination to enhance their skills and potentials not just to improve themselves, but also to contribute for the province’s economic progress.
Furthermore, he expressed gratitude to DICT for giving the opportunity to Catandunganons, expressing his belief that the advancement is one of the greatest steps the province will undertake towards development.
DICT Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim also conveyed his congratulatory message to the graduates through a video message.
“We hope that this will be a very good start for all the graduates in your journey of developing a career in online freelancing,” he remarked.
It may be recalled that then DICT Undersecretary Jorge Sarmiento together with the former DICT consultant for regional operations and countryside and now DICT Undersecretary for management and operations, Monchito Ibrahim, and some members of the group introduced the project in Catanduanes last year.
At the graduation rites Sarmiento stressed that because there was an objective for inclusive growth, the DICT reached out to untapped rural areas or countryside to train talents with the help of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises for them to be part of the online initiative.
“In the last few years, the Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry in the country has been successful,” he said adding that as of now, there are already 500,000 jobs generated by the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) outside the cities.
“Hopefully sana hindi masayang yung training niyo…You are in the next chapter. This is the start for you to earn money,” said DICT Luzon Cluster III Director Reynaldo Sy.
On the other hand, the DICT established an RIS hub in the Catanduanes State University equipped with 8 laptop computers where RIS graduates can do their online jobs with its free facilities.
Ten more laptop computers are expected to be granted by the DICT in the province for Technology Empowerment for Economic Development (Tech4ED) Provincial Training.