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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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Capitol launches Tech4ED Center

The Negros Occ. Provincial Library launched yesterday its Tech4ED Center in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology that primarily aims to provide e-government and ICT-enabled services for those who have minimal or no access to information and government services.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said that while the onslaught of the digital age is very apparent, the truth remains that not everyone has access to mode rn technology and the libraries remain their viable option for learning and gathering of information, a press release from the Capitol said yesterday.

"The specialized programs of the Tech4Ed for those in need of skills training for the IT-BPM industry, for the out-of-school youth, for the unemployed, small entrepreneurs, women, farmers and fisherfolks, will be a big boost for their empowerment and development," he added.

DICT - Negros Occidental was represented by engineer Romeo Tome who gave the project overview.

The Tech4ED or Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development Project evolved from the Philippine Community eCenter Program, a national digital inclusion initiative; it will enable the people to have access to skills training for employment, get online work and online courses, wider market reach to entrepreneurs, as well as save time and money on job search.

Also present in the activity were Provincial Librarian Rio Lynne Panisa, SP Provincial Secretary Maki Angel Ascalon, Cresile Lozano of DICT - Negros Occ., and Danny Clark Uguil of DepEd Negros Occidental Division Office, among others.*

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Search on for ‘Babayeng Garbo’
BY RENE GENOVE

The search for the 2019 “Babayeng Garbo” and “Grupo ng Garbo sa Katilingban” is ongoing, and deadline for submission of nominations is on Nov. 22.

This annual search now on its third year conducted by the Provincial Commission on Women (PCW) honors the outstanding women and women’s groups for women empowerment and gender equality.

Gender and Development (GAD) focal person Josie Columna of the provincial government of Negros Oriental said the search is open to women and organizations working or doing development work that contribute to the empowerment of rural women and the promotion of gender equality in any of the following fields: agriculture, fishery, home management, environmental protection, child care, livelihood, social services, and health.

Columna said that for both categories, nominations must be officially endorsed either by a barangay captain, mayor, and legitimate socio-civic or religious organization.

For the Babayeng Garbo Award, the nominee must have no pending case in any court of law, and must be involved in community work for at least two years.

For the Grupong Garbo, the organization must submit a certification from a barangay captain, mayor, or municipal social welfare officer recognizing its existence.

The Babayeng Garbo contest carries a grand prize of P25,000, while the Grupong Garbo winner will receive P50,000.

Forms are available at the Philippine Information Agency, tel. nos. 422-806 and 225-1388, or the Gender and Development Resource and Coordinating Center at the second floor of the Capitol, with tel. no. 422-8967.*

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