Be the multiplier effect of real change.

That was the challenge of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) program beneficiaries during the 2nd Philippine Impact Sourcing Conference (PISCON) held at the Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City on 3-4 May 2018.

“We hope you become the initial batch of future (RIS) trainers. We are hoping you will actually be able to conduct on your own, with the support of your LGU, the next batches of RIS training without the need for the participation of DICT,” said Undersecretary Monchito B. Ibrahim.

“In that way, more Filipinos can tap into the abundance of digital opportunities. In that way, you can be a multiplier effect for real change,” emphasized Ibrahim in the event attended by over 500 digital entrepreneurs, freelancers, RIS graduates, LGU officials and private organizations all over the country.

In 2017, the RIS Technical Training (RISTT) program has produced 534 graduates in 26 locations, majority of which have either taken up online jobs or established their own digital company. Most of the graduates have also partnered with local MSMEs in producing their digital content.

Aside from celebrating the success stories of RIS, the second iteration of PISCON also laid out the plans for its continuous implementation in the socially-disadvantaged areas in the country.

RISTT will be conducted in 68 more locations for 2018 while 55 LGUs have signed a commitment of support for the program during the event.

Topics on trends in online freelancing industry, freelancers training, and professionalizing RIS ecosystem, among others, were discussed during the breakout sessions.

PISCON was organized by the DICT, in partnership with the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines (DCAP).