In its continued efforts to bring progress to the countryside, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), together with the Local Government Unit of Allen and Major freelancing service platforms, has succesfully conducted the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Workshop in Allen, Northern Samar on July 21, 2017.

The RIS Program is commited to bring in meaningful ICT-enabled opportunities in socio-economically challeged areas. The workshop is one of the program’s activities that enhances and educates people to better take advantage of economic possibilities in online work.

The workshop was opened by Hon. Laureana D. Suan, municipal mayor of Allen. Mayor Suan zoomed in on the benefits of the RIS program and then to her constituents, appreciating every attendee’s key takeaways on learning how to earn extra income right at home, in Allen.

“A major benefit of working online is that it negates the necessity of moving to the big cities to find a job. That working online could give everyone an equal opportunity to pursue what he/she wants to do, no matter what his/her economic, social and educational backgrounds are,” says Mr. Ronald “Piper” R. Ramboanga of the digital Career Advocates of the Philippines.

He further illustrated the basics of online freelancing. The necessary skills, available online jobs, proper handling of clients, and lastly, matching one’s skill sets to most appropriate jobs.

Mr. Ramboanga also mentioned how employment will change in the future, how traditional work will no longer be the norm, and how it will be replaced by contingent workers.

Director Antonio E. Padre of DICT FOO Visayas Clusters 2 during his closing remarks stressed on the importance of online freelancing as it provides a source of income and a way to develop a freelance’s skill in socio-economic challenged areas.

Through the RIS workshop, the DICT continues to provide employment opportunities and strive to develop an Impact Sourcing ecosystem in the countryside.

One of the program components of digitalPH under the eInnovation Group is the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Program. RIS program which started in 2014 is considered the corporate socially responsible arm of the Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector, which focuses on the rural areas of the country through online jobs. It aims to provide stakeholders comprehensive information about industry as well as help develop their skills that are demanded by Impact Sourcing Service Providers (ISSPs).