The Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Program bagged the Crystal Flare for Sparkler Award during the 2018 FlareAwards given by the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). The Crystal Flare Award is given to individuals or organizations instrumental in promoting the continued growth of the Filipino talent pool through the promotion of skill development programs.

“We at the Department of Information and Communications Technology are grateful that the ICT Industry, through the IT Business Process Association of the Philippines, recognizes this initiative [Rural Impact Sourcing Program] of DICT as it continues to deliver digital opportunities and take advantage of the human resources potential not just in the country’s known key cities, but in the countryside, as well.

This success won’t be possible without the hard work of DICT’s ICT Industry Development Bureau, Regional Offices, trainers, and partners.” says Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Countryside and ICT Industry Development Monchito B. Ibrahim.

The RIS Program, one of the four initiatives under the DICT’s digitalPH program, improves the competitiveness of Philippine IT-BPM workforce, and helps create ICT-enabled jobs in socio-economically disadvantaged areas in the country. The Program benefits individuals in the countryside by providing opportunities for higher-income online employment, aside from traditional employment.

The Program also involves Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by having RIS scholars work on the MSMEs’ individual websites or online presence. The scholars are able to use the skills they have learned during the Technical Training specifically during the 21-day campaign where scholars implement digital campaign strategies for the MSMEs, including website and content creation for the website and social media accounts.

To date, the RIS Program has produced 400 graduates that have successfully landed online freelancing jobs and generated a total of PhP15 million in revenue.  By the end of the year, there have been 1,250 RIS Technical Training scholars trained in 65 key locations around the Country. The program also provided 656 MSMEs with online presence.