The Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Projectof the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has recently been selected as one of the shortlisted projects that will move to the voting phase of the 2019 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes under the Capability Building Category.

Nominations to the WSIS Prizes are for programs or projects that have outstanding success in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in enabling development.

“We are starting to see the impact of the project in changing the lives of our scholars in terms of providing new livelihood opportunities. We are proud to see graduates who have not only become successful online workers but also been RIS trainers themselves, and we are truly grateful that they are sharing what they learned to others in their communities,” Ms. Emmy Lou Delfin, Officer-in-Charge of the DICT’s ICT Industry Development Bureau, said.

The Voting Phase for the 2019 WSIS Prizes is until 10 February 2019 at

http://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/stocktaking/Prizes/2019/Vote

The RIS Project is an initiative aimed at expanding economic opportunities for Filipinos in rural communities by enabling and introducing them to ICT-enabled jobs and have them participate in high-value economic activities through the provision of technical trainings that develop their ICT skills and capabilities.

The WSIS Prizes showcases replicable projects and programs that empower local communities, recognize efforts of stakeholders in contributing to the development of society through the use of ICT, and their commitment to achieving the WSIS goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).