The Agusan del Sur Provincial Library – Digital Hub located at the Datu Lipus Macapandong Cultural Center at Patin-ay, Prosperidad was officially launched and provided with seven (7) computer equipment on March 10, 2021. This is pursuant to the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Information and Communications Technology Mindanao Cluster II (DICT MC2) and the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur.
“Internet access, gadgets, and other digital resources are now the essentials in securing quality education. With this, your DICT aims to ensure equitable access to digital resources necessary for the delivery of online and blended learning systems,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.
The Digital hub aims to achieve three main objectives: (1) provide access to ICT resources and opportunities, (2) provide training on ICT skills; and, (3) provide a facility for digital workers.
“With the MOA we agreed to cooperate and jointly commit to promoting community development through the use of ICT,” said Regional Director Sittie Alawi. “This undertaking is a by-product of the joint DigitalJobsPH Program of DICT and the Provincial Government of Agusan Del Sur for the free use of DICTs platform, solutions, technology, and brand of Tech4ed Project” she added.
Governor of Agusan del Sur, Hon. Santiago B. Cane Jr. expressed his gratitude for the partnership, stating that “it is very timely that the DICT has partnered and turned-over this equipment to use in order to further and become more efficient in the transmission of communications.”
The DICT is keen on fulfilling its mandate to promote the use of ICT for countryside development. Undersecretary Alan A. Silor stated that the Digital Hub shall be used to empower the unserved members of the population, push for improved transparency and accountability in government and bolster confidence in our economy.
“Your DICT shall continue to develop, improve and implement our plans and strategies to support the education sector in line with our mandate and consistent with the directives of President Duterte in promoting ICT for education,” Honasan asserted.