In preparation for upcoming International Persons with Disability (PWD) Information Technology (IT) events, the DOST-ICT Office in cooperation with the National Council on Disability Affairs held its first ever National PWD IT Competition, entitled Kakayahan 2014. The competition will select national champions on selected work categories for intensive training as winnable for the 2014 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in South Korea and other upcoming international competitions

Among the contest categories were; e-life, e-tool and e-sports. E-life tests the contestants abilities in finding information on the World Wide Web, while e-tool test their skills in the use of word processing and spreadsheet applications, while e-Sports will test their real-time problem solving skills, strategy and reflexes.

Contestants from various regions and various disabilities pitted their IT skills against each other for the prestigious role of being the country’s representative in international PWD IT skills competitions. Representatives from the Philippines won Gold in the in the e-life and e-tool category in Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities held in Incheon South Korea in 2012.

Bettina Quimson, ICT Office Deputy Executive Director for E-Society said that, “eSociety is about equal opportunities for all through the use of ICT. Having a disability does not mean you are unable to work….this just means we need to hone your other special skills aligned to job opportunities”

The Winners of this year’s competition were:

For E-Life:

First – Janielle A. Salvador – Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD)
Second – Erika Lauren S. Aguillon – PSD
Third – Anne Charlaine . Santos – National Orthopedic Hospital School for the Crippled Children (NOH-SCC)

For eTool:

First – Nathaniel Q. Dimalanta – PSD
Second – Gian Karlo C. Gonzales – Philippine National School for the Blind (PNSB)
Third – Mark Christian D. Evangelista – PNSB

For eSports:

First – Wawel A. Quidoles – PNSB
Second – Mark Christian P. Evangelista – PNSB
Third – Venus Alexis A, Rescober – Quirino High School

About DOST-ICT Office – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

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PWDITcompetitionPWD Competitors from various schools participate in “Kakayahan” an IT Competition at the DOST-ICT Office.

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