“To bring digital opportunities to the countryside, one must bring technology,” Secretary Salalima said in his speech during the first Philippine Impact Sourcing Conference (PISCON) held in Davao City, last April 5-6, 2017.
In the growing digital divide, those in the far-flung provinces are the most disadvantaged as a result of limited or lack of access to digital opportunities.
The Rural Impact Sourcing Program, which started in 2013 and is now a flagship initiative of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), addresses the deepening gap between those living in major cities and those in the countryside by targeting unemployment in high-population rural areas with low employment.
PISCON 2017 stood in line with this initiative to promote and develop the Philippine Impact Sourcing ecosystem by bringing in opportunities, and showcasing Filipino talents and freelancing work in one event.
The event was attended by over 300 delegates including rural impact sourcing players and major stakeholders such as major platform companies, payment portal organizations, LGUs, ICT councils, online freelancer organizations and concerned national government agencies.
Stephanie Caragos, President of National ICT Confederation of the Philippines said, “We are giving young graduates and young professionals coming from the smaller cities a chance to partake in the job opportunities in the ICT industry.”
One of the program’s success stories is the impact sourcing operations in Kapatagan, Lanao Del Norte where the locals had set up homegrown BPO companies.
Senator Sonny Angara, one of the authors of the law creating the DICT, urged the government to fast-track its improvement of internet connectivity in the country to help create more internet-based jobs in rural areas.
“We are hopeful that our vision of the government bringing 21st century opportunities to the farthest, most impoverished communities of the country will finally be realized,” said Senator Angara.