CLARK, PAMPANGA — Online professionals and job seekers can expect more support from the government as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) vows to continue promoting digital opportunities for Filipinos during the 3rd Philippine Impact Sourcing Conference (PISCON) on 16-17 July 2019.

The DICT, through its ICT Industry Development Bureau (IIDB), is set to train 2,112 Filipinos this year under its rebranded digitaljobsPH program (formerly Rural Impact Sourcing).

“There are a lot of testimonials and inspiring stories created by this program and we want to bring it to more LGUs. And this year, we want it to be more inclusive as we welcome major cities and provinces to become part of this initiative,” IIDB Director Emmy Lou Delfin said.

In two years, a total of 1,832 individuals were trained by the program from 94 key locations in the Philippines.

In pushing the program’s goal, the Department secured a total of 96 commitment of support from LGUs, NGOs, private institutions and educational for the conduct of the technical trainings.

This year’s PISCON featured engaging topics on online job opportunities, including government benefits, business registration and taxation for freelancers.

With at least 18 million Filipinos are at risk of losing their jobs to automation over the next 20 years due to automation, the two-day conference also encouraged the delegates to prepare for the Future of Work and Skills.

Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. emphasized the need to improve and expand infostructure network in the country to fully support the program, noting that the Department’s common tower initiative will directly solve it.

“Number one requirement to get online jobs is to be connected online so what we want is to expand our infostructure so that more Filipinos can access digital job opportunities,” Undersecretary Rio said.

“This is a strategic approach so that the digitaljobsPH program will be felt more by our citizens,” Rio said.