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K-ITo recipient thanks DOLE for bringing IT to disadvantaged sectors

Koronadal City (23 October) -- "Nalipay gid ako kay natagaan ako sang oportunidad nga makakaput sang computer", said Loreta Rotaquio in Ilonggo, a 57-year old Purok Secretary of Purok Kahilig, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat.

Ever since she graduated from high school in 1967 at the Notre Dame of Dulawan in Maguindanao at the age of 15, Rotaquio never had the opportunity to set her hands on a computer.

"Gusto ko gid matun-an ina (computer) kay madugangan ang akong knowledge maskin may edad na ako".

Rotaquio never let her age hinder her quest for knowledge. She was chosen to demonstrate the basic parts of the computer during the demo-portion of the launching of K-ITo (Kabataan Information Technology opportunities) on October 21, 2009 at the Notre Dame of Esperanza, Inc., one of DOLE's partners in the implementation of the project.

She enthusiastically pointed out to the audience the basic parts of the computer and the "how-tos" in using word processing. But she admits that she still has a lot to learn but considers herself a bit of an IT-literate already.

Rotaquio is just one of the 58 beneficiaries grateful to DOLE and its partners for recognizing the need to educate especially the disadvantaged group on information technology. She was the oldest among the beneficiaries who received their certificates of completion during the launching of K-ITo at the Notre Dame of Esperanza gymnasium. The youngest was pegged at 12 years old.

K-ITo aims to provide free and supervised internet access to online government programs and services and improve IT literacy among the disadvantage sectors. (rbcarrasco/dole12/PIA 12) [top]

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