The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center held the first virtual graduation yesterday for its 170 scholars, who completed the program.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in his message to the graduates, said online ceremonies like the graduation will not be able to give the graduates a genuine feeling of the rite of passage that a customary graduation would.
“But since we’re in a pandemic right now, we need to find ways to give our graduates the acknowledgment and conferment they rightfully deserve,” he said.
He told the graduates that the knowledge they acquired from NOLITC will be more relevant given that technology will be among the controlling elements under the “new normal”.
With their training, they will have the capacity to create solutions under the “new normal”, he added.
Of the 170 graduates, 100 senior high school teachers completed the Computer Science Education Program, while 70 finished the Software Development Training Program.
Ma. Cristina Orbecido, NOLITC Vocational School administrator, said the virtual graduation is “our way forward to rise above the pandemic. We need to create solutions and this endeavor is a creative solution to surpass the disruptions brought by Covid-19.”
She underscored the contribution of SDTP graduates in the Management Information System for Covid-19 results, that have made a significant impact in the fight against the virus and a concrete example of scalable initiatives made by the government.
“Technology is our only way to continue doing business without being infected,” she stressed.
For the teachers who have completed Phase 1 of the program, “there are so many things that we need to do to transform the digital landscape of the province,” she said.
Mari June Castro, Gender and Development focal point person of Negros Occidental and executive assistant to the governor, said some offices in the province recently manifested intent to waive a portion or return in full their GAD funds since they cannot implement face to face training or capacity building projects because of Covid-19.
But NOLITC was quick in amending its proposals to incorporate safety protocols and adoption of new normal in its training programs, only giving up about one-fourth of its allocation intended for the robotics training of elementary pupils, she said.
She said the more than P4 million that NOLITC gave up will be pooled with other waived GAD funds to support more reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction testing, meals for their clients at various healing centers, and purchase personal protective equipment as part of its interventions against Covid-19.
Meanwhile, during the virtual graduation, several graduates were recognized for their academic performance.
EJ Von Taasan was hailed Top Scorer in Phyton Level 2 Assessment Exam, while the Best in Web Design awardees were Bernie Basas, Eljohn Manjero, Jerwin Fortillano, and Ragie Doromal.*
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