Recognizing the need to empower Filipinos to adapt and thrive in the new normal, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) strengthens the implementation of the Tech4ED program in communities across the country.

“Increasing Filipinos’ literacy and skills in maximizing ICT is very crucial as we transition to the new normal. This will not only help Filipinos in advancing themselves individually and personally, but will also contribute in the growth and development of communities as we strengthen our local digital economies,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

As part of this initiative, the DICT Luzon Cluster 3 (LC3) – Camarines Sur conducted the Buklathon Tech4ED Center Caravan in Barangay Bonifacio, San Fernando, Camarines Sur last April 16.

The activity was aimed at providing information literacy intervention and promoting ICT development in rural communities by making Tech4ED services available to Filipinos in these areas.

“We are dedicated into the continuous provision of information literacy interventions for rural communities and barangays to augment the impact that ICT services have in the pursuit of individual and local development. As we magnify small barangays as our target beneficiaries, step by step, we are alleviating the digital gap by making Tech4ED closer to their reach,” DICT LC3 Regional Director Cheryl C. Ortega said.

The Buklathon Tech4ED Center was first implemented in Barangay Grijalvo, San Fernando, Camarines Sur last February where residents, particularly learners and parents, were introduced to the Tech4ED platform and were given basic training on how to use the platform.

“For the first time the SK (Sangguniang Kabataan), barangay council and workers, plus local leaders and barangay residents have their actual hands-on experience in navigating the different segments in the Tech4ED platform, like eGov services for the barangay officials; DepEd Commons, eTulay and eSkwela for the out of school leaders; RIS for first time job seekers; eHealth for the Barangay Health Workers; ABC+ reading materials in

the dialect for the parents and especially for non-readers, and many more services. All of them agreed about the exponential benefits ICT can bring to improve their way of living,” San Fernando Municipal Mayor Fermin M. Mabulo said.

Tech4ED stands for Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs and Economic Development.  It aims to empower Filipinos by providing both the ICT tools and skills needed to advance in the digital world.

Tech4ED also puts up community e-centers in areas with minimal to no access to information and government services to provide the communities access to ICT and ICT skills training, promoting grass root development, inclusive growth and poverty reduction.

As of the present, there are more than 4,000 Tech4ED Centers established nationwide.

Moving forward, the DICT targets to upgrade Tech4ED centers into Digital Transformation Centers (DTCs) envisioned to provide learners and workers access to ICT-enabled services for the efficient delivery of training and services in unserved and underserved communities in the countryside.