The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has opened 49 centers in Palawan for its newly developed platform aimed to provide greater access of the public to services and narrow down the country’s digital divide.
Jessie Cueto, engineer 1 of DICT told Palawan News on Thursday that their Tech4Ed Centers Monitoring System (TCMS) has already established 2,121 TCMS nationwide from 2016 to 2017, and 49 of which are in Palawan.
“Dito sa Palawan, meron sa office natin sa DICT, sa PSU, sa WPU, at meron din sa mga municipalities, 49 lahat ang nandito sa Palawan,” he said.
Cueto explained that aside from having one center in their office, DICT likewise partnered with local government units, state universities, government agencies and non-government organizations for the opening of additional centers. There are 700 centers targeted for opening this year nationwide. TCMS has currently 91,017 platform users nationwide.
He further explained that one of the mission of newly created DICT is to provide a delivery channel for relevant information and communication technology-enabled services and content to improve the quality of life of every Filipinos.
He explained the features of its platform which includes eAgri, eMarketPlace, eHealth, Gender & Development, eEduSkills, eAssist and eGovServices.
Under eEduSkills are subsections such as DepEd Alternative Learning Center, Learning English Application for Pinoy, DigitalLean.org, Starbooks Online, Rotary eLibrary and TeknoAklatan.
In eGovServices, an individual can easily transact online permits, licenses, employment related certifications and documents coming from various agencies in the government, with ease and convenience.
“Halimbawa, kukuha ka ng Cenomar or Certificate of Live Birth or Marriage Certificate from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) pwede mo na syang gawin online,” he explained.
Every center is manned by a trained center manager and will assist interested individuals. It is also useful to those who need to process travel documents such as passport, visa from Department of Foreign Affairs and other related agencies.
“Merong sa tax, loans and insurances, business and trade related transactions such as accreditation, credit and financing programs , import and exports at iba pa,” he said.
eAgri page on the other hand has the following subsections, eFarming, KROPS, PhilRice MOET App, Rice Text Center, Rice Doctor, Rice Data and Information Portal, Rice Crop Manager, Pinoy Rice, etc.
He further explained that this eAgri page will enable them to access page on rice data, or check the Rice Crop Manager, that will guide them the specific and correct time to harvest, to apply fertilizers, weedicides and insecticides, or they can open or check at Rice Doctor if the rice farm is infested with pests and diseases, for a farmer to easily manage or handle the situation, Cueto further said.
An individual who wanted to access need to create an ID or account online which the center manager will help him or her access the online sites that they wanted to access.
“Kung ikaw rin ay isang negosyante at gusto mong maglagay ng inyong products, ang e-access mo ay ang eMarketPlace. Para rin itong Lazada na mag post ka ng produkto mo at ma-access na sya ng iyong target markets,” Cueto further explained.
Engr. Cueto explained that there are two personnel in DICT Palawan and no provincial field team leader as of the present. The DICT in Palawan, Cueto explained is under Cluster Director Reynaldo T. Sy, who holds office in Batangas City, since their coverage includes Region 4-B MIMAROPA and Region 5-Bicol.