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ONE-M LGU Success Story: Tanauan's journey to progress

By Eloisa San Mateo, NCC

Manila (September 15) -- "Doon nagsimula ang lahat (That's where it all started)," says former Tanauan, Leyte Mayor Roque Tiu, of the four computer units, which began Tanauan's first foray into the field of information and communications technology, during the Orientation for Newly-Elected Mayors (ONE-M) last September 2-4, 2010.

Speaking with wisdom and sincerity, Atty. Tiu brings to the table years of experience in utilizing ICT, through the Philippine Community eCenter (PhilCeC) Program, to change lives and communities.

Tanauan's road to progress never fails to inspire me. Atty. Tiu's administration was initially saddled with countless problems - low funding opportunities, lack of infrastructure and poor services - but they were able to surpass all these by believing that "everything done in unity and good faith can come true".

Atty. Tiu's administration rolled up their sleeves to rebuild Tanauan, beginning with the establishment of a Community eCenter in the municipality. From here, blended CeC services with other initiatives and programs, utilizing ICT tools to Tanauan's advantage.

It was his prompt action, which allowed the CeC of Tanauan to function as a conduit for the provision of essential government services. Under his leadership, Tanauan's tenacity drew a windfall of rewards and benefits.

Through their CeC, they were able to eliminate the educational barriers of out-of-school youths through the eSkwela project. The gap between employers and job seekers here and abroad was removed and unemployment was reduced with the conduct of courses on computer programming.

Meanwhile, the reduction of red tape in business license and permits application encouraged more investments in Tanauan. The CeC also successfully promoted Tanauan as a tourist destination.

From merely four computer units, Tanauan CeC now boasts of twenty-three PCs, all acquired through hard work and perseverance. It is indeed amazing how access to technology can bring government services, along with other advantages, closer to the people.

For their efforts, Tanauan received numerous citations and awards including Best LGU-CSC, Most Business Friendly Municipality in the Philippines 2006 to 2008 (PCCI), Best Website in Region 8, Best PNP station in Region 8, and Best Coastal Resource Management Implementer (BFAR).

As he continues to serve his municipality in his current capacity as Board Member of Leyte Province, Atty. Tiu remains a staunch supporter of the PhilCeC Program and, by sharing Tanauan's story, he hopes to encourage the new crop of local chief executives to do the same. (From PhilCeCnet) [top]

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