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Kabataan ITO set to be launched

Iloilo City (6 October) -- Close to P1 million has been set aside by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Western Visayas for its Kabataan ITO (Information Technology Opportunities) project set to be launched in the region this October.

Also dubbed as K ITO project, it aims to mobilize IT-literate unemployed or underemployed youth as mentors to some 1,500 out-of-school youths (OSYs), informal sector (IS) workers and other disadvantaged groups in the region through lessons on basic and practical computer operations and to supervise online access to government programs and services.

Under the project, the DOLE 6 will tap the services of around 210 unemployed or underemployed computer-literate youths, aged 18-24 who are graduates or graduating students of high school or technical-vocational or college courses and willing to render volunteer community services as IT mentors.

Of the 210 computer-literate youths, 35 will come from the province of Aklan, 35 in Antique, 35 in Capiz, 15 in Guimaras, 45 in Iloilo, and 45 in Negros Occidental.

In its press report, the DOLE said youth-mentors will be paid a modest stipend of P25 per hour for mentoring participants and accommodating walk-in clients needing assistance to get access to government online services.

"This project will improve computer-literacy among the OSYs, and other disadvantaged groups and bring the government closer to the people through free, supervised internet access to their online programs and services", said DOLE 6 Assistant Regional Director Crispin D. Dannug, Jr. in the press report.

Dannug further said that the K-ITO Project will also enkindle the spirit of volunteerism among the youth-mentors and enable them to touch base with OSYs and other disadvantaged youths.

In line with the project, Dannug called on non-computer literate OSYs and other disadvantaged groups to visit the DOLE provincial Offices nearest them to avail of the free mentoring lessons and become knowledgeable in basic and practical computer operations. (PIA) [top]

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