Rural Empowerment and Impact Sourcing Training Project of the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Rural Empowerment and Impact Sourcing Training Project

The Knights of Online Marketers (KOM) as one of the Ten (10) Certified National Trainers of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for Rural Empowerment and Impact Sourcing Training Project with DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, eInnovation Project Manager Emmy Lou Delfin, and Tech4ED Project Manager Maria Theresa Camba.

RATIONALE OF THE PROJECT

The Department of Information and Communications Technology is implementing the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Program which is intended to create meaningful ICT- enabled jobs in socio-economically disadvantaged areas in the country. It specifically focuses on areas where there is high population but low employment due to lack of investors. It also aims to promote ICT-enabled jobs as a high-value economic activity in rural communities that are not yet ready to host Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) operations. economic activity in rural communities that are not yet ready to host Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) operations.

RIS benefits disadvantaged individuals in the countryside. It looks beyond the common source of supply for traditional outsourcing to provide higher-income employment and access to new income opportunities to people that might not otherwise that might not otherwise be employed in this sector. These individuals are typically people who are at a unique disadvantage and lack access to traditional employment. are typically people who are at a unique disadvantage and lack access to traditional employment.

Developed to address inclusive growth and the development of the ICT industry in the countryside especially the rural areas, RIS complements the Next Wave Cities program in bringing ICT opportunities in localities where major IT-BPM locators have not yet reached directly. The program focuses on advocating digital opportunities through online freelance work to untapped talent in the provinces. Advocacy and training activities are conducted in partnership with local freelancing service platforms to encourage them to be online professionals.

The eInnovation Group of the DICT has been implementing the RIS Program since 2013, in partnership with major platform and online training companies through the conduct of workshops in the different parts of the country, especially in the rural areas. The advocacy workshops have inspired some locals to work online as their employment options. Some have been inspired to set up their homegrown companies in their own municipalities such as the story of Kapatagan, Lanao Del Norte. These inspiring stories have also encouraged other rural areas to replicate this model in their own localities.

To be able to help address unemployment in the country and support more Filipinos in the countryside gain employment through the online freelancing industry, the DICT has developed a module that will provide technical training on ICT-related jobs. The training primarily aims to increase people’s hireability by focusing on development and improvement on their ICT skills and utilize it for employment opportunities. Further, this training recognizes the role of the Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) to provide employment opportunities and contribute to economic growth especially within their locality. By increasing competency of the talent, this training will also serve as an avenue to promote the use of e-Commerce by MSMEs

In the conduct of these training, special Technology empowerment for economic development (Tech4Ed) Centers will be established and utilized to serve as training centers in selected communities. The Tech4ED Center is a shared facility which provides access to ICT-enabled contents and services. These centers will also serve as RIS hubs where beneficiaries, after the training, can do jobs online with its free facilities.

Eventually, the success in the ICT-related job will provide economic opportunities not just for the graduates but as well as the people who will, directly and indirectly, benefit in this initiative.

Rural Empowerment and Impact Sourcing Training Project

The Ten (10) Certified National Trainers with the Philippines eCommerce Queen Miss Janette Toral as the Project Lead of the Rural Empowerment and Impact Sourcing Training Project. (From left to right: Gilmar Padua, Jun Baranggan, Marl Dionaldo, Genesis Reonico, Ronald Piper Ramboanga, Kristine Ohagan, Janette Toral, Vanjie Padilla, Fleire Castro, Apple Allison Perez, and Karla Stefan).

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT

The main objective of the project is to provide technical trainings to increase the capabilities of the people, who are currently unemployed or financially unstable, to land ICT-related jobs.

Specifically:

a. Increase the ICT technical skills of the talents in the countryside
b. Increase hireability of the people to land a job in the field of ICT
c. Empower local talent and local businesses
d. Promote MSMEs
e. Reduce unemployment rate in the country

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