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Feature: Technological quotient key to embrace Age of Information

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (21 October) -- "We are in the Information Age, it is easy to link with global community through the use of computers and modern technologies.

"All we need is to learn how to use the computers," said Atty. Teresita Manzala, Deputy Administrator and Head of the National Re-Integration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers during the launching of Kabataan Information Technology Opportunities (K ITO).

Kabataan Information Technology Opportunities (K ITO) is a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which provides job opportunities for out of school 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.

Nee Vea A. Matoy, graduate of 2-year Information Technology course at Advance Central College (ACC)is among the 17 mentors who is working with the computer facilities of ACC, a partner school of the municipal government of San Jose. Like the rest of the mentors, Nee Vea will receive P25.00 per hour of work at 8 hours a day in 22 days. Her meager stipend according to her will help family repair their house and buy the school needs of her 2 other siblings.

Edilberto Jabile, one of the clients during the launching, a rice and agri-product retailer at the trade town San Jose, expressed her gratitude to Nee Vea for helping him open an email account which can help in his business. "We will be updated with the current prices of goods at the supplier and eventually will not be tied up with the demands of the middleman who broker our stocks with the suppliers since order can be done through email", said Jabile.

GSIS and SSS pensioners Angela Perfas and Danilo Cadawas respectively have also availed of K ITO services during the launching. They are both in their 60s and making follow ups of their pensions and other claims at the GSIS and SSS. Cadawas has already opened his email account and able to access the status of his pension at the Social Security System (SSS) while Perfas is trying to open the website of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for her other claims. These was done through the help of the mentors.

Laura Villarico, Provincial Manager, DOLE said that families of OFWs can also avail of such services if they wish to get in touch with their families abroad. All they have to do is to go to ACC where computers are available and ask for assistance from the mentors. She clarified that only those who are computer illiterate and are willing to learn are accepted in the K ITO project.

Meanwhile, Manzala told the youth-mentors during the program that, decades ago it is a belief that if we have higher IQ (Intelligent Quotient) we can easily enter a college course that we want to pursue. Then comes EQ (Emotional Quotient). If we have good attitude towards work and co-employees, we are likely to succeed.

"Now, with the advent of modern technologies, we need to equip ourselves with knowledge and skills in these technologies in order to embrace the age of Information. This, we call Technological Quotient or TQ. IQ, EQ and TQ are our weapons for highly competitive world regardless of our age," said Manzala.

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

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