The Department of Information and Communications Technology’s Digital Hub in Zamboanga City bags the champion prize for the E-Employment category of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2020. The hub was selected as one of seventy-two (72) champion entries out of over 800 competitors around the globe.

The object of the award is the DICT’s Mindanao Cluster 1 (MC1) Digital Hub, which serves as a learning, innovation, and co-working space facility which is open to the public for 24/7. The Field Operations Office of DICT MC1 covers the Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, and the Zamboanga Peninsula, wherein the hub is located. The Digital Hub project team was instrumental in this achievement for MC1, with Hub Manager Lanie Maturan at the helm, Dario Avergonzado as the Trainer, and Angel Chua as Communications Officer.

The 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.

“Through our champion project, we were able to equip thousands with ICT skills to land online jobs wherever they are, even at home. Our efforts to empower the countryside with digital skills are reaping huge benefits especially now that it is more advantageous to work from home,” Director Maria Teresa M. Camba said.

In 2019, the Hub has served over 2,500 users and trained more than 700 users with digital skills training since its creation. The facility likewise allows freelance workers to earn a collective sum of 1.5 million pesos per month to uplift the local economy.

The Digital Hub is the only entry from the Philippines awarded as champion, after successfully passing the stages from nominations for the shortlist and the final voting process.

“We are proud of this achievement and are pleased that our solutions had been recognized by industry leaders, practitioners and peers as a viable ICT solution for sustainable development. We promise to live up to the expectations of the global community to develop and implement smarter solutions as we hone the benefits of the digital economy for our citizens,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.