By Clarist Zablan
The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) recently launched its first Mobile Tech4ED Center that will go around Metro Manila to conduct digital literacy training to sectors with special needs.
The facility contains 20 personal computer units provided by the DICT and contained in a vehicle provided by Bagong Henerasyon (BH) party-list representative Bernadette Dy.
The launch of the mobile classroom coincided with first anniversary of the DICT and 19th ICT month in the Philippines.
According to Maria Teresa Camba, Tech4ED Project manager, the facility can also travel to areas in Luzon when needed. She added that the Tech4ED platform has offline content for areas with limited to no connectivity.
“Halimbawa, kung Starbooks ng DOST. Kahit wala kang connectivity, pwede siyang i-refer, kasi maraming science-related content, video, ang dami siya. So, even if in school or library doesn’t have connectivity, marami pa rin siyang pwedeng ma-access na content sa computer,” she said.
The proejct is also open to having mobile centers in Visayas, according to Camba. “Gusto nga namin lahat ng cluster offices ng DICT meron, so that they can easily reach yung far-flung areas,” she said.
This is the fourth Mobile Tech4ED center in the Philippines; the first two are located in Davao while the third is in Baguio City.
The DICT also announced the opening of Cluster and Provincial Training Centers in 81 provinces across the country.
The Tech4ED training centers “serve as delivery channel for ICT-enabled services, government services, capability building and Skills training.” Tech4ED, which stands for Technology Empowerment for Education, Employment, Entrepreneus, and Economic Development, seeks to provide e-government and ICT services remote areas of the country.
The project started as the Philippine Community eCenter on 2004 and rebranded to Tech4ED on 2015.