TACLOBAN CITY-About 24 trainees from this province have graduated from the Rural Impact Sourcing Technical Training Project (RISTTP) on November 13.
Leyte Governor Petilla Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express, said that the training was conducted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in partnership with the provincial government of Leyte and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Petilla said that the project will be a big help to solve the unemployment problem and the economy of the province.
In fact, seven of those who graduated were hired before their graduation.
Engineer Jose Bagulaya, regional director for Regions 7 and 8 of the Department of Information and Communications (DICT), in a separate interview, said that their department is implementing the RISTTP intended to create meaningful ICT- enabled jobs in socio-economically disadvantaged areas in the country.
Bagulaya said that the training programs composed of 25 participants per batch include digital marketing/e-commerce, web development, social media marketing and advertising, search engine marketing and advertising, content writing, graphic design, and virtual assistance.
Bagulaya said that the RISTTP benefits disadvantaged individuals in the countryside.
He added that the program helps provide economic opportunities not only for the graduates but also for the people who will, directly and indirectly, benefit from this initiative.
“It looks beyond the common source of supply for traditional outsourcing to provide higher-income employment and access to new income opportunities to individuals that might not otherwise be employed in this sector,” Bagulaya said.
In 2017, DICT conducted the RISTTP in 26 locations across the country and produced 534 online Filipino workers.
Through the project, 381 websites were developed for micro, small and medium enterprises and were able to generate more than P10 million in revenue.