MARAWI CITY, Dec. 30 -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology Mindanao Cluster 3 (DICT MC3) commended 20 Maranao graduates for completing the DigitalJobsPH Technical Training during their graduation ceremony video conference on December 21, Monday at College of Information Technology, Mindanao State University (MSU) Marawi.
Aligned with the livelihood program under Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery program, the technical training aims to equip internally displaced and disadvantaged talents with information-and-communications technology (ICT) skills for the online freelancing industry.
It is also one of DICT's interventions under the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa government program to provide a sustainable livelihood for those who returned to their home province from cities in response to the declining country's socioeconomic status due to COVID-19 that resulted in unemployment and business closures.
11 of the graduates who persistently completed the training in rigorous seven-week blended learning from November to December of this year were able to receive financial income after securing local and foreign clients outsourcing online tasks and jobs.
“To be online Filipino workers or OFWs, you are not required to travel in big cities locally and abroad in order to have jobs but instead in the comfort of one’s home with just computer equipment and internet connection," said DICT MC3 Regional Director Alimbzar P. Asum.
He also stressed the importance of applying ICT skills learned from the training to improve the consumer reach of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
“I would like to congratulate each and every one of you who bring success to DigitalJobsPH Technical Training in Marawi City now that this adds and enhances your skills in ICT to increase your job qualifications and you might even help fellow Maranao businessmen in advertising and marketing their products and services using social media platforms or build up your own business," he said to the graduates.
Asum further noted that DICT shall establish digital hubs and deploy more free public Wi-Fi access points in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur province as a whole to accommodate the people with free ICT resources in performing online jobs and transactions as this will eliminate their burden from having limited computer devices and unstable internet connectivity.
Graduates and trainers poured their appreciation to DICT MC3’s effort in offering technical training in their community and shared their experience of learning the ICT skills set they used to acquire online jobs through which overall hard work resulted in a positive effect on their lives.
DigitalJobsPH Technical Training for this year was made possible in partnership with MSU Marawi.
Dean of College of Information Technology Professor Maimona Marohomsalic-Asum expressed her congratulatory message to the graduates and ensured continuous support in implementing extension project similar to the mandate of the academic institution such as collaboration with DICT in providing technical skills to individuals belonging to the community where maintaining peace and development is the core objective. (DICT Lanao del Sur)