DOST launches Makilala Tech4ED center

DSC_8206The Department Of Science and Technology (DOST) launched its first Tech4ED center project for North Cotabato in the Municipality of Makilala last December 3, 2015 having the student of the Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) and the Makilala out-of-school youths as its primary beneficiaries.
Mayor Rudy Caoagdan expressed his appreciation to DOST in making Makilala as its first Tech4ED center project in the province that would increase its connectivity to the digital divide and open up opportunities to learn technical vocational education and training that can help Makilaleňos to enhance their skills and increase their worth in the employment sector using the technology.
According to DOST – Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) Deputy Executive Director Ms. Beatrice Quimson, the Technology for Economic Development (Tech4ED) is a project component of the eFilipino program of the ICT office that aims to harness ICT to enable, empower and transform society towards creating an inclusive, integrated and equitable countryside.
The Tech4ED services includes eEduSkills, eAssist, mMarketplace, eAssess, mAgri and eGovServ targeting the marginalized sectors of our country — out-of-school youth, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, indigenous peoples, and women.
The eEduskills aims to deliver e-learning on Alternative Learning System (ALS), Learning English Application for Pinoys (LEAP), Skills training and Values and Character Formation.
The eAssist aims enable women, PWDs, OFs, seniors, Indigenous Peoples, Teachers and career shifters through access to special contents, while the mMarketplace aims to help people reach markets beyond their exponential growth.
The sAssess provides industry assessment and certification for the purpose of convenience and cost efficiency and the mAgri enhances farm technologies for product diversity which includes products from aquaculture, livestock and agriculture.
Furthermore the eGovServ provides direct government services in rural communities.
Mayor Caoagdan added that with the construction of the Municipal library that will also function as e library nearing completion that would maximize the use of Tech4ED center which will be open for the public for use.