OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, July 25 (PIA)-Tech4ED center, a place where individuals can access adequate information on entrepreneurship and employment is now open at the City Library Town Center, Oroquieta.
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in coordination with the city government of Oroquieta opened the center to provide access points for individuals and communities to bridge the digital and education divide and harness the power of ICT in society towards creating a progressive countryside.
Participated by the different Schools Representatives, Stakeholders, Department Heads, and Barangay Representatives, Oroquieta City Mayor Lemuel Meyrick Acosta told participants: "In order to achieve what other local government units were able to achieve in this country, we have to be competitive in all sense of governance."
He said I'm so happy that Information travels faster, we have to be competitive.
"It is a proven and tested formula as long as people are willing to learn then they can succeed," he added.
This program, Acosta said, if used properly by our communities, institutions and by this local government unit, we can create an intervention for Oroquieta City.
"I want Oroquieta in the next three years to be at the forefront of that area," he said.
Mayor Acosta expressed his gratitude to the DICT- region 10 for their technical assistance and support for making this Tech4ED program possible for the Oroquietanon.
DICT MisOcc Provincial Officer Engr. Eugene Raposala said this program opens opportunities for awareness and farming technologies, government services, quality health information and disaster management.
Tech4ED, which stands for "Technology for Education to gain employment, train entrepreneurs towards economic development" aims to extend free ICT services to more Filipinos and facilitate equal opportunity of learning and employment.
"We from DICT, want to do digital innovation here in the city of Oroquieta," he said.
"We want to have more entrepreneurs through technology, we want to really focus online industry and we want to help also the Oroquietanon to learn more on this online financing," he added.
Tech4Ed focal, Engr. Joel Hoy said this is created for all people which includes out-of-school youth, adults, teachers, students, persons with disabilities (PWDs), women, senior citizens, Oversees Foreign Workers including their families and relatives, indigenous people (IP), farmers, and fisherfolks.
Also, Tech4Ed empowers people towards a better life, solves issues like the digital divide, unemployment, education divide, and opens ways for entrepreneurial opportunities, he said. (Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/PIA MisOcc)