Department of Information and Communications Technology’s Digital Hub in Zamboanga City has recently been named one of 90 Champions for World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2020 out of 800+ competing entries worldwide. It is the only Philippine entry that made it as champion.

Over 800 projects from around the world were submitted for the WSIS Prizes 2020 contest, 352 of these projects were nominated for the voting phase of the contest. At the conclusion of the voting phase, after over two million votes had been cast, 90 projects that best leverage the power of ICTs to advance sustainable development were selected as Champions.

The Digital Hub is a learning, innovation, and co-working space facility which is open to the public for 24/7. It has three-fold objectives: (1) Provide access to ICT resources and opportunities. (2) Provide training on ICT skills; and, (3) Provide a facility for digital workers. As of writing, the Hub has served over 2,500 users and has trained over 700 on digital skills since its establishment. Online freelancers using the facility are now earning a combined amount of 1.5 million pesos a month, thus contributing to the local economy.

Wenie, a mother of 3, shares that she’s now earning between P25,000.00 – 35,000.00 monthly as an online English teacher. “Grande ayuda el DICT na de miyo vida. Ya pwede ya yo compra laptop, noise-cancelling headphone, and PLDT broadband, y ya puede manda ase compone diamond casa from my earnings. Tan save ya yo para generator y pwede ya yo man work at home,” (DICT has helped my life big time. I was able to buy my own laptop, noise-cancelling headphone, and PLDT broadband, and even had our house renovated from my earnings.  I am now saving up for a generator so I will be able to work at home [amidst power interruptions].)WSIS is a global contest was developed to create a platform to recognize projects and activities that leverage the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to advance sustainable development. It is hosted by International Telecommunications Union. The Awarding Ceremony is scheduled on August 2020 at Geneva, Switzerland. To check out other champion projects for the year, go to bit.ly/WSISPrizesChampions.