The Tanauan Community eCenter is going from strength to strength. It has committed to train 700 women by June 2012 under the Philippine Digital Literacy Women Campaign. It is expected to train more than 1,000 women before the year ends.
This is a very challenging target according to Hon. Agapito Pagayanan, Jr., the municipal mayor, who targets to train his residents, including the children. To accomplish this task, his administration has implemented two new programs for free using the Intel’s Easy Steps.
Computer Literacy Training in a Barrio training at Barangay Canramos, Barangay Hall, Tanauan, Leyte. In photo are Mayor Agapito Pagayanan and Canramos Barangay Captain Jose Angulo before the 20 participants and some observers/residents from the said barangay.
The Tanauan CeC purchased 20 new additional computers which are being set up in the barangay hall for a week. Barangay Canramos is the pilot site of this training which is aimed to train 20 women in every barangay. The Tanauan CeC aims to conduct the PDLWC training in a barrio to its 54 barangays. The Cec entered into agreement with the barangays to train their residents, particularly the women. The CeC will provide the 20 computers, the trainer and the materials while the host barangay is expected to provide 24 hour security for the computer while it is being used for the week, the training venue, electricity, tables and chairs, the recruitment of the women to be trained and the meals for the trainor and facilitators. This training alone will help around 1,080 women. This program is being handled by Mr. Jun Arzaga.
Concurrently, the Tanauan CeC is also conducting a four-day computer literacy campaign, which also trains 20 women per batch. The first batch is participated by the Day Care Workers of the municipality. The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, through Mrs. Marina Tolibas, the MSWDO contributed P40,000.00 for the purchase of a new projector and additional needs such as supplies and materials for the training. She also mentioned that this training for the day care workers is very timely since her office submits a e-copy report to the province and now she expects to receive computerized reports also from the social workers. Mrs. Tolibas is also joining the aforementioned training, which started last January 9. The second batch will be composed of Barangay Health Workers and the third that of Senior Citizens. This training is also being handled by Mr. Dennis Valle.
Mr. Eugene Ramos briefing the first batch of participants for the Computer Literacy Training in Tanauan CeC. Also in photo are Mrs. Marina Tolibas, MSWDO and the 20 day care worker participants.
Among their on- going projects are the following:
The fourth batch of the successful eSkwela program is now recruiting. Ms. Narian Mae Competente and Mr. Renato Ripalda are now visiting the 54 barangays and meets with the barangay officials for the scheduling of the conduct of Functional Literacy Test (FLT).
Another new program being implemented by the Tanauan CeC is the Global Connections and Exchange in partnership with the US State Department, PhilCeCNet and IREX. This is being implemented handled by the Tanauan National High School which trains 15- 16 years old high school students to develop online projects using information technologies. This project is being handled by Mr. Terence Cinco.
Mr. Eugene Ramos, the CeC Manager and team leader, is also being challenged by the awards bagged by the municipality in the recent 7th Knowledge Exchange Conference in Baguio City wherein the Tanauan CeC won as the Best CeC and he himself won the Best Knowledge Worker. He is leveling up their commitment and has now delegated his team to handle the programs of the CeC. Mr. Alvin Molon is the over-all technical support.
With the P100,000.00 award they got being the Best CeC, the municipality has planned to use it for the purchase a new van-type multicab to transport the computers and personnel during their municipality-wide trainings. This investment only proves how determined the CeC personnel are to accomplish their goal of increasing the computer literacy of the whole municipality.