Issue of March 4, 2018
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Online job opportunities for Benguet seen with RIS hub
by Ofelia C. Empian

More online job opportunities for local residents in Benguet have been projected with the establishment of the Rural Impact Sourcing Center at the Capitol last week.

William Rojas, OIC Luzon cluster I director of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, said the RIS center is a facility where scholars and prospective scholars of the program can train to enhance their skills in information communication and technology.

He said the skills can be applied to enable them to find jobs online without having to go through the urban centers or go out of the country to find work.

“Our target here are the unemployed and the former overseas workers (reminding them that) opportunity is here,” Rojas said.

He said the program is in partnership with the DICT, the provincial government of Benguet, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

In Benguet, are 22 individuals, mostly out of school youth, former overseas Filipino workers, working mothers and former corporate employees, underwent a five-month intensive training in the last quarter of 2017 at the DICT office in Baguio.

He said Benguet is the pilot province for the project in the Cordillera, which was launched nationwide in 26 locations with over 500 individuals who went through rigorous ICT trainings.

Rojas said Benguet was chosen as a pilot area because  of its Internet connectivity.

The DICT is also looking at putting up similar RIS hubs and training other scholars in Apayao and Abra in the future.

Aside from last year’s training, the Benguet trainees also underwent enhancement trainings to further their skills and knowledge in the field.

A second batch of trainees from Benguet is also in the works.

Resource person for the enhancement training Genesis Reonico, founder and president of the Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines, said the training contains online marketing, web design skills and web development, among other skills.

He said these are all geared towards helping micro and small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) launched their products online.

He said part of the training is the one-on-one partnership of the trainee and a local MSME as an application of the trainings they went through.

“It is now up to the MSME and the trainee if they will continue the partnership after the program, what is sure is that both of them learned from each other,” Reonico said.

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