The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) recently established a Tech4ED Center at the Ministry of Labor and Employment’s (MOLE) office inside the Bangsamoro Government Center in Cotabato City to assist jobseekers find gainful employment through free Internet access.

The MOLE Tech4ED Center offers different services including Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) modular courses which guarantee a national certificate.

“Our Tech4ED program provides various upskilling activities that help Filipinos start their own businesses, get an education, and gain productive employment. It aims to continuously narrow down the digital divide in improving the delivery of our services, one vital step at a time,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

Tech4ED or Technology empowerment for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development) Centers are self-sustaining, shared facilities that serve as the channel for the delivery of relevant ICT-enabled services for unserved and underserved communities.

In addition to the MOLE Tech4ED Center, the DICT launched a Tech4Ed Center at the Upi Municipal Jail of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BJMP-BARMM) located in Upi, Maguindanao.

This is pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the BJMP-BARMM and the DICT’s Mindanao Cluster 3 headed by its Cluster Director, Dir. Alimbzar P. Asum, MPA, J.D., CESO V.

Moreover, the DICT MC3 also launched the very first Madrasah (Islamic School) Tech4ED Center. The institution was likewise provided with computer equipment to help learners access online educational resources.

The Tech4ED Centers are expected to give the Bangsamoro people access to online livelihood and educational programs, especially those who are unemployed or underemployed due to the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.