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PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 28, 2012


Model Community eCenter brings digital literacy to women in barangays

by Olive P. Tiu

TANAUAN, Leyte, Jan. 28 (PIA) -- The Community eCenter of Tanauan, this province is bringing digital literacy to women right in their respective barangays.

Mr. Eugene Ramos, the CeC manager and this year’s Knowledge Worker, said since many women in the 54 barangays of Tanauan cannot afford to go to the center in the town proper to learn about digital information technology, the CeC staff brings the technology to the women right at their barangays.

The CeC of Tanauan which emerged as the grand winner for both the CeC and the Knowledge Worker categories of the 2nd Philippine CeC Excellence awards, has conducted digital literacy training in three barangays, Canramos, San Roque and Bantagan, Mr. Ramos said. He said he is happy that many women really show their interest to learn about the course.

He added that as far as he knows, the undertaking is the first of its kind among the country’s CeCs.

CeC Tanauan has committed to train at least 800 underprivileged women out of the 10,000 target.

The series of digital literacy training in Tanauan uses the Intel Easy Step modules which the organizers found useful and comprehensive tools in the Basic ICT Training Course. The course covers five modules; self-practice activities were conducted after every module.

The CeC continues to provide ICT trainings at the Center for those who are interested to learn. At the same time, it also manages the eSkwela for the out of school youth and adults who wish to finish elementary and high school without going to the regular schools.

Ramos said several eSkwela graduates are now enrolled in college after passing the equivalency examinations of Department of Education.

This project, Ramos added, is in support to the Philippine Digital Literacy for Women Campaign (PDLWC) which aims to empower 10,000 women from the poor and marginalized communities in the Philippines through digital literacy training.

The campaign is spearheaded by the Commission on ICT, together with the members of the PhilCeCNet and the Foundation.

The Tanauan CeC continues to strive to become a competent provider of ICT services that will improve the quality of life of the people of Tanauan, Mr. Ramos said. It will also continue to empower women through technology, because empowered women make an empowered community. (PIA 8)

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