TECH4ED Centers to boost needed manpower – guv

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 08:50 Written by NOLITC Administrator Tuesday, 1 March 2016 12:00

tech4ed center moa signing
THE Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) in the Visayas is working on addressing the 10,000 jobs needed by Negros Occidental this year through its Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurial, and Economic Development (Tech4Ed) program.
DOST-ICTO Visayas Cluster 1 Director Frederick Amores, who led the launching and memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing of the Tech4Ed Center at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC) in Bacolod City Tuesday, said that on the national level, the ICT-BPO industry will hit US$ 25 billion this year, from US$22 billion dollars in 2015.
Signing in behalf of the province were Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.;
Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairman of the Provincial Board committee on ICT; and NOLITC Vocational School Administrator Ma. Cristina Orbecido.
Amores, who signed for DOST-ICTO, said there is also a projection that the industry may be able to overtake the revenues derived from the remittances of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) by next year.
“Nationally, we are targeting an increase of 200,000 direct employment in the ICT-BPO industry which needs to be satisfied,” Amores said. “We have the people, but we just need to provide them skills through trainings.”
He added that the 10,000 jobs requirement is based on the projected industry growth for the sector.
“The interest and potential for investments in the province’s ICT-BPO industry are pouring in, the challenge now is the manpower,” Amores said.
For Negros Occidental, aside from NOLITC, two other Tech4Ed centers were also launched in Cauayan town and Himamaylan City last week.
The Tech4Ed program is mainly designed to complement the government’s goal of achieving inclusive growth through bridging the gap between educational and digital divide.
For the first phase, the Tech4Ed centers in the province will provide three main services such as eEduSkills, which focuses on educational and digital divide; eAssist for opportunity divide; and eGovServ devised for direct service to people.
Under the eEduSkills are digitized reviewers for Alternative Learning System, Learning English Language for Pinoys, online Technical Education and Skills Development Authority training courses, and value formation, including how to use the internet and cyber security.
The eAssist includes Microsoft digital literacy and career shifting module for teachers.
The eGovServ provides community the access to services of various government agencies like Social Security System, Pag-Ibig Fund, and National Bureau of Investigation.
Amores said the program, which was endorsed as a tool to improve English capacity for Filipinos, would help increase the hireability of individuals applying for ICT-BPO jobs.
“Traditionally, the hiring rate for all the graduates is 10 percent only. With this program, we hope to increase the hireability of individuals especially in the provinces,” he said.
For his part, Marañon said the program will address the province’s problem on lack of manpower, not only of skilled workers, but especially in the ICT industry.
The governor said the Provincial Government has a two-hectare lot in Talisay City for the relocation of the NOLITC site.
“The center is already overcrowded,” Marañon said, adding that the province has already been planning for its transfer, but only lacks finances.(sunstar-bacolod)