CATBALOGAN CITY- Over 700 out-of-school youths from this city could now avail computer education which they could use to apply for work. The basic computer education for the youths who are not in school was made possible through a memorandum of agreement entered by the city government as represented by Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan and the AIHU Foundation represented by its national president, Alex Sy.

The free computer education is dubbed as “van aralan” as those who will avail of the program will have their lessons inside a van. Mayor Tan said that she is grateful to the AIHU Foundation for the opportunity they extended to the youths of Catbalogan. According to her, by gaining knowledge on basic computer lesson, which will last for four months, could help them find a job. “Nowadays, one of the requirements for one to land a job includes know-how on computer. And I am grateful to the AIHU Foundation for giving the out-of-school youths of Catbalogan the opportunity for them to learn even just the basic on computer,” the mayor said.

Those who will avail the free computer education have to study for eight hours a day. Tan said that while the priority of the van aralan are the out-of-school youths, those interested like persons with disabilities, barangay officials, full time students and even employees of the City Hall could avail the program. “There are still several employees of the City Hall who does not know how to use computer,” Mayor Tan said. (LITO A. BAGUNAS)