Enable, Empower, and Transform.- To give access to information, technology, government services, non-formal education, skills training, and job opportunities, the City Government of Ligao, spearheaded by the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), launched the formal opening of Technology for Economic Development (Tech4ED) center at Barangay Nasisi, Ligao City through a ribbon cutting ceremony at its barangay hall on February 15, 2016.
Graced by SP Chairman Committee on Education Hon. Helen Abalos, City Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua, DOST-ICTO Luzon Cluster III Director Reynaldo T. Sy, Tech4Ed Focal Person Engr. Antonio B. Bonganay, and hosted by Barangay Captain Jurlan Buello, each of them has emphasized the benefits that the locality could get out of the said project. Placing it at a strategic location available to those living at the Mayon Unit, Tech4Ed aims to improve access to critical ICT and social services in rural communities across the country. This will promote opportunities for inclusive growth and poverty reduction.
As of 2015, there are over 1,000 Tech4Ed centers committed by LGUs and PGUs. 89 centers has already been launched since July with over 1, 800 users nationwide. Tech4ED services include:
1. eEduSkills (which delivers e-Learning on demand);
2. eAssist (which provides content on digital literacy);
3. financial literacy;
4. ICT (for career development and entrepreneurs); and
5. eGovServ (which connects users to essential services from key government agencies)
This will be the second Tech4Ed center in the City of Ligao where the first is situated at Barangay Paulba, Ligao City Hall Extension.
Tech4Ed is an initiative of DOST-ICTO in planning cyber-education hubs all over the country. Tech4Ed offers expansive help and solutions for the marginalized sectors of— out-of-school youth, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, indigenous peoples, and women — to enhance their skills and increase their worth in the employment sector.