The Department of Information and Communications Technology Mindanao Cluster II (DICT MC2) partnered with the Municipality of Mainit, Surigao Del Norte to officially launch its Tech4ED Center at the Mainit Multipurpose Building on March 9, 2021.

“Your DICT recognizes the need for enhanced remote learning and digital capacity-building resources for our students and workforce during this time. As the primary agency mandated to advance the national ICT agenda, your DICT commits to extend our utmost support to our citizens and help our country move forward in the new normal,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

The Tech4ED Project allowed thousands of Filipinos to start businesses, get an education, and gain employment through various training, capacity-building, and upskilling activities.

Each Tech4ED Center functions as a self-sustaining shared facility, serving as a conduit for the efficient delivery of various government services. It also features eight (8) learning segments, including: eEduSkills, eAssist, eMarketPlace, eGovServices, eAgri, eHealth, Gender & Development, and Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS).

DICT Undersecretary Alan A. Silor, on behalf of Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II, attended the launching of the Tech4ED Center, along with Regional Director Sittie Rahma V. Alawi, Provincial Officers from Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, Engr. Lawrence A. Salang, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands, Engr. Ricardo Bacolod, Jr., and Free Wifi Project Focal, Engr. Aurelio Vicerra, Jr.

Also in attendance were Municipal Mayor, Hon. Crisanta O. Mondano, alongside the members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Indigenous People Representatives, Civil Society Organizations, National Government Agencies, and other stakeholders.

Hon. Mondano expressed her gratitude for the partnership with DICT, which granted Mainit the opportunity to further narrow down the digital divide in the municipality. She also shared her plans of reaching out to barangays in her municipality and do what they can to empower them digitally.