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Philippines’ DICT promotes ICT-enabled jobs through Rural Impact Sourcing technical training program

An announcement by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) highlighted the challenge for the recent graduates of the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) programme that they are expected to be the initial batch of future (RIS) trainers, supported by their local government units (LGU), and without the need for DICT participation.

The DICT challenged beneficiaries of the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) program to be the multiplier effect of real change.

In the 2nd Philippine Impact Sourcing Conference (PISCON) that was held at the Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City on 3 to 4 May 2018, DICT Undersecretary Monchito B. Ibrahim said, “We hope you become the initial batch of future RIS trainers. We are hoping you will actually be able to conduct on your own, with the support of your LGU, the next batches of RIS training without the need for the participation of DICT.”

With the theme, “Bringing the Future of Work Opportunities to the Countryside Through Rural Impact Sourcing,” PISCON aims to guarantee that the Filipino work-force is future-ready.

The two-day conference presented the challenges of the Future of Work, and how the RIS program poses opportunities to respond to those, which were evident on many success stories shared by MSME owners and LGU partners.

An initiative of DICT, RIS is a technical training program that promotes ICT-enabled jobs as a high value economic activity in rural communities which are not yet ready to host Information Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) operations.

USec Ibrahim explained, “Rural Impact Sourcing equips Filipinos with the skills they need in the future, and ensures that ICT serves as a catalyst for continuous job creation regardless of where they are located and their social status.”

Over 500 people attended the event. They came from different backgrounds such as digital entrepreneurs, freelancers, RIS graduates, LGU officials and private organisations all over the country.

USec Ibrahim highlighted, “In that way, more Filipinos can tap into the abundance of digital opportunities. In that way, you can be a multiplier effect for real change.”

534 participants in over 26 locations have finished the RIS Technical Training (RISTT) program in 2017. Majority of the graduates have taken up online jobs or have established their own digital company.  Others have partnered with local Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in producing their digital content. During the conference, they shared their respective journeys.

Plans for its continuous implementation in the socially-disadvantaged areas in the country were also laid out during the event.

68 more locations will be running RISTT in 2018. 55 local government units (LGU) have signed a commitment of support for the program during the event.

In the breakout sessions, discussions centred on trends in online freelancing industry, freelancers training, and professionalising RIS ecosystem, among others.

PISCON was organized by the DICT, in partnership with the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and the Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines (DCAP).

DICT is the Philippine government’s lead agency on ICT related matters, having primary thrusts in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

NICP is an organization which spearheads in providing the direction for the ICT industry in the countryside, and is committed to continually strengthen and nurture its ICT Councils as they seek to develop their business ecosystems to become attractive to potential ICT investment/locators and encourage local IT-BPM entrepreneurs.

DCAP is an association established to promote the growth of the Online Outsourcing Industry and advocate for the welfare of online workers in the Philippines.

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