Pasay City, PH – The eSociety of the ICT Office of the DOST held its Digibayanihan Conference during this year’s National Science and Technology Week with focus on spreading Digital Literacy. The conference called upon the audience to volunteer and become digibayanis, champions of digital empowerment.

Attended by more than 250 students and teachers from all around the Philippines, namely, Las Pinas National High School, Gregorio Perfecto High School, Arellano University Pasay, Cavite State University Imus and Mater Dei Academy Cavite, the event provided the audience some insights on how the youth uses the Internet versus how they should. The program allowed the students to identify bad and risky online habits such as online bullying, trolling, hoax spreading, scamming, and plagiarism and its effect on those at the receiving end who encounter such behavior in the Internet.

Presentations shedding light on how to use the internet properly, specifically in finding jobs and communicating, were shown to emphasize the importance of digital literacy. “Uso sa Generation namin ang Keyboard Warriors!” one student stated. The event was summarized through a quiz game which gave away prizes and made the activity fun for everyone in attendance.

What is Digibayanihan?

Digibayanihan is a nationwide digital literacy movement, initiated through a multi-sectoral partnership between the government, civil society, private sector, and the academe. It summarizes its goals in three steps: touch, train, transform. The organization gathers qualified volunteers who can share digital literacy all at the same time delivering the benefits that go with it.

Enlistment was made all through the week, and at the end of NSTW, a total of 255 new Digibayanis signed up for the challenge of spreading digital literacy in the Philippines.

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