Here at the Philippine Community eCenter Network (PhilCeCNet), we believe that strong partnerships, and a dedicated membership base of telecenters, are what bind and sustain our national telecentre community.
For more than 8 years, PhilCeCNet has been a hub where CeC knowledge workers, members and stakeholders connect, exchange ideas, and work together towards realizing the shared vision - that of empowering local communities through ICTs. We are blessed with members and supporters from national government agencies, local governments, academe, private and IT sectors, civil society, media and communities.
This shared commitment has been strong from the start, so we incorporated the Network in 2009. In 2011, the Philippine government, through the Information and Communications Technology Office, officially recognized PhilCeCNet as its partner in implementing The Philippine CeC Roadmap – helping to ensure sustainability of more than 1,400 CeCs, and assist in providing all villages with access by 2016.
Through our Telecentre Academy, we developed the Competency Standards for CeC Knowledge Workers. This serves as the framework for our Development & Management Courses. So far, we have trained more than 600 telecentre managers, giving them the skills and know-how in CeC operations and sustainability.
Some of our Essentials of CeC Management graduates
Our network members get together every year during the Knowledge Exchange Conference. This is the biggest gathering of CeC stakeholders and partners. This is where everyone gets the opportunity to be recognized, to celebrate successes, to learn from and be inspired by what CeCs have done. This has become a fun and rewarding event, giving members the chance to get together, exchange knowledge and experiences. It has been so successful that we are now into our 9th annual gathering for 2013!
had more than 350 participants
We have also harnessed the power of the Internet and social media to bring all our members together, to encourage cross-pollination of ideas & knowledge. Our online community has more than 900 active users, participating in discussions, exploring partnerships and opportunities, and sharing experiences and practical tips on sustainably managing CeCs.
Where it all happens! Our community site - philcecnet.ning.com
We also are building the capacity of our network members to develop their own ways of sharing content and to provide learning opportunities to their communities. More importantly, we are training our CeC managers on how to transform their telecenters to become social enterprises, so that they can start making profit to sustain their operations, while fulfilling their own development goals.
Through the fees we get from our members, the annual conferences, and from the generous support of the ICTO, public and private sector partners, our Network has become a sustainable social enterprise. This enables us to provide an environment that encourages maximal participation and exchange of knowledge with all our members, and to give them new opportunities to engage in more innovative programs.
From all these, we are proud to have as members award-winning CeCs managers, who have been recognized here and abroad for their efforts in bridging the digital divide, and for coming up with unique solutions and applications that ensure sustainability. These members have gone on to inspire and educate others, not only here, but with other telecenters in the Asian region.
Looking forward to 2016, we face new challenges and opportunities. With the emergence of new technologies such as social media, cloud computing, and the power of mobile computing, we are looking into the future of telecenters and telecenter networks - beyond just access and more into value-added services and local content.
This year, we are launching the iPinay Program, our continuing commitment to addressing the gender ICT gap, by empowering more women with ICTs. We are also engaging with more local and international partners to provide opportunities for our CeCs in various areas:
• Health information services & telemedicine
• Employment & livelihood opportunities
• Linking with libraries
• Global Connections & Exchange with high schools
• Tech Age Girls
• Micro-entrepreneurship & Business skills mentoring
• Community-based online content development
As we embark on a shared future, we would like to impart our knowledge, experiences and innovations to more communities, and to spread that spark to other national and regional telecenter networks. From our family to yours – forging a better future for all.