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K-ITO project to employ 52 youth mentors

San Jose, Antique (17 February) -- The Kabataan-Information Technology project will employ 52 youth-mentors in an effort of the Department of Labor and Employment to provide jobs for the disadvantage and out of school youth.

K-ITO is a program of DOLE which provides job opportunities for the youth who are knowledgeable in basic computer operations and internet access, who will serve as mentors or teachers to those who are computer illiterate and wish to avail of computer tutorial on basic and practical operations and internet access.

The first batch of the project is compose of 17 youth mentors from Advance Central College, a local computer school which provided computer units used during the duration of the project while the 2nd batch were sponsored by the Local Government of San Jose, however, the municipalities of Tobias Fornier and Anini-y were given 3 and 2 slots respectively.

Congressman Exequiel B. Javier during the launching program of the 2nd batch of 17 youth mentors commended the initiative of DOLE of providing job opportunities to this informal sector for them to become active partners in development.

Sponsoring agency or local government unit has to provide computer units during the duration of the project while stipend of P200.00 a day for 22 days is being provided by DOLE.

The Municipality of Belison with 8 youth mentors and University if Antique in Sibalom with 10 mentors are set to launch the program in their areas.

Laura Villarico, Provincial Manager of DOLE said that for those who are interested to avail of the services of K-ITO mentors, will have to go the sponsoring agency or local government units where computers are available and ask for assistance.

K-ITO is government's way of making the people especially in rural communities, where access to information technology is limited to become globally competitive at the same time providing jobs to disadvantaged and out of school youth. (PSM/PIA) [top]

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