SALAY, MIS. OR, Feb. 12—Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in cooperation with the Local Government Unit of Salay formally launched the Tech4ED Center at the Salay Community College (SaCC) computer laboratory. The launching activity was participated by the SaCC students, teachers, stakeholders, Department Heads, and Sangguniang Bayan members.

The event started with the invocation followed by the singing of Philippine National Anthem and Salay Hymn. Welcome address was given by Hon. Ronnie K. Tan.

Presentation of Tech4ED and other projects including Pipol Konek and Website Development in Salay was given by the Provincial Field Team Leader Engr. Rolando P. Cabaluna. The Project Coordinator Ms. Rhea C. Cabanlet explained further what Tech4ED means and introduced the different services one can avail at the Tech4ED Center.

According to Ms. Cabanlet, Technology for Economic Development or Tech4ED is a project of Filipino Program of the Information Communications Technology (ICT) office of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that aims to harness ICT, to enable, empower and transform society toward creating an inclusive, integrated, and equitable countryside.

The Tech4ED stands for Technology Empowerment for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. This project aims to give equal opportunities for the underserved and marginalized communities of the country’s rural and urban areas. This project is created for all people which includes Out-of-School Youths and Adults; Teachers; Students; People with Disabilities (PWDs); Women; Senior Citizens; OFWs including their families and relatives; Indigenous People (IP); Farmers; and Fisherfolks. Also, empowering people towards a better life, solving issues like digital divide, unemployment, education divide, and for entrepreneurial opportunities.

Ms. Cabanlet added the different services people can avail at the Tech4ED Center; Services includes: eEduskills which aims to deliver e-learning on demand to address the education divide. Under this includes Alternative Learning System (ALS) – help the Out-of-School Youths and Adults to earn High School Diploma; Learning English Application for Pinoys (LEAP) – help improve English communication skills in preparation for the IT-BPM Industry; Skills Training– 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. Under 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 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. Under 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.

After the presentation of Tech4ED, a short open forum was done. Questions from the stakeholders were raised and were answered properly by Engr. Cabaluna.

Before the Ribbon Cutting, Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Engr. Rolando P. Cabaluna, Ms. Rhea C. Cabanlet and to the DICT team itself. After the awarding of Certificates, the LGU Website Team spearheaded by Ms. Mary Nathalie Soldevilla together with the other members namely: Ronnie Delito, Val Kenneth Jamero, Joan Abenojar, and Cleo Bernadeth Mangay launched the official website of Salay which is also under the program of DICT.

The Ribbon Cutting was done in the SaCC computer laboratory. Computers are readily available for the Tech4ED program and students took a chance to have hands on experience on Tech4ED. Students were assisted by the DICT staff namely; Rose Marie G. Emano, Nideliza Fe O. Nacilla and Rey Vicente S. Basadre.

The launching activity had ended successfully. Future plans for the Tech4ED program in Salay was discussed after the event. Future plans including upcoming trainings that will be offered to the participants who are willing to take part of the Tech4ED program.

The municipality of Salay is very thankful to the DICT-10 for their technical assistance, their untiring support and for making this Tech4ED program possible for the community.

Project Field Team Leader Engr. Rolando P. Cabaluna presenting the overview of the Tech4ED Program, Pipol Konek, and Website Development.
Ms. Rhea C. Cabanlet, Project Coordinator of DICT-10 presenting the Tech4ED Program and Services.
Launching of the Official Website of Salay, led by Ms. Mary Nathalie Soldevilla and Mr. Ronie Delito together with the other Website Team members.
Ribbon Cutting of the Tech4ED Center.
Photo op with community Stakeholders, Salay Community College students, Website Team and DICT-10 during the launching of Tech4ED Center.