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Digital literacy program launched in Victoria

San Fernando City, Pampanga (10 November) -- The provincial government of Tarlac (PGT) and the Local Government Unit of Victoria, in partnership with Sutherland Global Services and computer software giant Microsoft, launched the Digital Literacy Program here last November 4 aimed at providing training for basic computer concepts and skills to Tarlaquenos.

The Microsoft Community Technology Center (MSCTC), which was launched in May of last year, was already been able to train some 1,000 individuals in the province that were largely employed at Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centers and other information technology companies.

Part of the five-day training module includes basic computer learning, internet and World Wide Web applications, digital lifestyle, computer security and privacy and productivity programs. Victoria was provided a 20-seater training center located right beside the municipal building.

This municipality's Mayor Candido Guaim III, in his speech, thanked Governor Victor Yap, Sutherland and Microsoft for choosing Victoria as the first satellite training center in the province.

"It is indeed and honor for Victoria to be chosen as the first training center outside of Tarlac City," he said.

Yap for his part said that the (Digital Literacy) program is a training designed to connect everybody to the world.

"This is an opportune time for the people of Victoria to learn how to connect to the world. All should be knowledgeable in the latest technologies," Yap said.

According to Vijayendra Nagar, Sutherland senior manager and Jay Yulo, Sutherland's director for recruitment in the Philippines, it is their company's social-corporate responsibility to train people who are illiterate in computer.

They added that Sutherland has opened up 1,500 seats for their call center industry located at San Isidro in Tarlac City.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing between the PGT, Victoria LGU, Sutherland and Microsoft was undertaken. (Tarlac Provincial Media Affairs Office thru PIA 3) [top]

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