Twenty-five scholars from Lanao del Norte get technical training on Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) – Virtual Assistant Course by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

During its launching at the Macapagal Training Center, Tubod, Lanao del Norte, on August 14, 2018, Eugene C. Raposala III, DICT innovation focal person, said the Rural Impact Sourcing Technical Training Project primarily aims to increase people’s hireability by focusing on development and improvement of their ICT skills and utilize it for employment opportunities.

It also aims to help address unemployment in the country and support more Filipinos in the countryside gain employment through the online freelancing industry, this to discourage people from rural areas to transfer to urban areas, where unemployment rate is still high, he added.

The 27-day training which began on August 15 is in partnership with the Office of Second Congressional District-Lanao del Norte, the municipal government of Tubod, and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte.

“This program is bringing digital opportunities in to your doorstep, meaning, one will no longer leave the comfort of his home to work and could spend more time with the family,“ Raposala said.

“In this job, location will not matter, for this is the future of work. This is now the new OFW of the Philippines: the “Online Filipino Workers,” Raposala said.

While Marl Ian Dionaldo, the trainer of the program emphasized two words that need to be observed during the entire course of the training. “I want all participants to observe ‘respect’ and ‘hardwork’.

Respect time, respcet the facilities and one another, and hardwork which is essential to be successful and motivates you to learn from the training, reminded Dionaldo.

During the launching, a video presentation was shown of success story of a lady engaged online who started from the bottom and now a succesful entrepreneur.

Kristine Paradero Ohagan, a proud resident of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, is now a Pioneering Virtual Assistant Trainer of Tubod Lanao del Norte, an entrepreneur and the chief executive officer of O’Hagan Virtual Solutions.

There were 89 applicants from the 22 municpalities in the province who took the screening for the course, with age ranging from 18 to 50 years old, but only 25 were accomodated, Raposala disclosed.

At the end of the launching, training kits were distributed to each participant containing 16GB USB flash drive, notebook, identification card holder and ballpen. (Source: Ann Sheeba J. Mugot, Philippine Information Agency)

In photo: Twenty five scholars of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)-Lanao del Norte, get qualified to the Technical Training on Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) – Virtual Assistant Course, a 27-day training which starts August 15, 2018, in Tubod, Lanao del Norte. (Angelo Dologmandin, PIA-10 LDN)