Popular TV Personality Tessie “Lola Techie” Moreno gave a motivational talk to an audience of senior citizens from various barangays of Quezon City on how to improve their lives with the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Talk is part of a series of events organized by the Information and Communications Technology Office of the DOST (DOST-ICTO) to celebrate national ICT Month 2013, the theme of this year’s ICT Month being “Inclusive ICT for a Smarter Philippines”.

Ms. Moreno, a 71-year old grandmother, known for her role as a computer savvy lola in a series of television commercial and viral videos with local telecom operator Bayantel, shared her real life experiences in learning how to use technology, and how it has made her to be more productive despite learning how to use ICT at an advanced age.

In her talk, she said that there is a next generation of the elderly who are catching up in the use of ICT.   For her, the availability of “Skype” makes distance not a barrier in talking face-to-face with her children and grandchildren.  Google also helps her in doing important researches.  In addition, Facebook and other social networking services such as Twitter, Plurk and Multiply keep her connected with the digital world.

“ICT can open up opportunities to enable us to use our collective elderly wisdom to contribute once more to society,” says Lola Techie.  “Through ICT, we can warn the new generation not to commit the same mistakes again as we did in our time, offer some solutions by actually showing them how, through our loving example, and advocate for reforms through social media, blogging and email campaigns.”

In the welcome message of Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre of ICTO, the significance of ICT as a catalyst in driving inclusive growth was underscored.   “By empowering the members of the society, ICT as a true enabler has given Filipinos the tools to realize their dreams and has helped them achieve financial independence.” Usec. Casambre said.

As part of its program of inclusive ICT, The DOST-ICTO through the National Computer Institute (NCI)  is conducting basic computer literacy courses specifically designed for Senior Citizens, the program is focused on communication tools i.e, social media– facebook, twitter, skype.

dsc_3387 640Popular TV Personality Tessie “Lola Techie” Moreno gave a motivational talk to an audience of senior citizens gathered at the DOST ICT Office on how to improve their lives with the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)