Gearing up for future challenges, the 13th Knowledge Exchange Conference (KEC) highlighted the need to optimize eCenter resources and modern technologies for further improving communities.

DICT Undersecretary for Management and Operations and Countryside Development Monchito B. Ibrahim encouraged the stakeholders of Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development (Tech4ED) to continue innovating the program in solving the digital divide and in the face of digital disruption.

“As long as we are observing poverty, the work (of DICT and Tech4Ed) is not yet over,” emphasized Usec. Ibrahim in his keynote address at the Sison Auditorium, Capitol Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan last 17 April 2018.

Mindanao Cluster 1 Director and Tech4Ed Project Manager Tess Camba reported that as of March 2018, there were 2161 eCenters established. The Tech4Ed platform also added eHealth and Gender and Development segments.

With this year’s theme “Optimizing eCenter Resources and Modern ICT Affordances for Community Development,” the conference’s plenary sessions also discussed various Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM), responsible use of social media, online investments, and shared facilities, among others.

Various DICT officials, meanwhile, gave updates on the progress of the Department’s key projects such as the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Electronic Business Permit and Licensing System (e-BPLS), Tech4ED Project and Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS). Technical learning sessions on data analytics and data privacy, and eCenter Resources Optimization were also conducted during the two-day conference.

DICT OIC Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. extended his regards to the KEC delegates and assured the Department’s support to the Tech4Ed’s vision in a video message.

“You can be assured that DICT will be all out in supporting all endeavors that would hasten the progress of ICT in our country,” said OIC Secretary Rio.

The Knowledge Exchange Conference (KEC) on eCenters is an annual gathering of ICT for Development and Public Internet Access advocates which include Local Chief Executives, Knowledge Managers/Workers and other eCenter stakeholders in the country. For more than a decade, the conference has established itself as an avenue for networking, sharing of best practices on eCenters, and showcasing of ICT trends, updates and products.

KEC13 was organized by the Philippine Community eCenter Network, Inc. (PhilCeCNet) in collaboration with the DICT and the Province of Pangasinan.

About DICT – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government that plans, develops, and promotes the national ICT development agenda.

About PhilCecNet – Philippine Community eCenter Network, Inc. is a non-government organization and community of practice composed of the major eCenter stakeholders working together to ensure responsive, efficient, valuable and sustainable eCenters. It is the multi-sectoral partner of the DICT in the implementation of the Philippine CeC Program.