DICT introduces RIS to Palaweño MSMEs, aspiring online workers

Palaweño Information and Communications Technology Association (PICTA) president Eleutherius Edualino delivers his message to 7 graduates of the first Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) technical training in Palawan. The RIS benefits Palawenyo MSMEs and aspiring online workers. (Photo courtesy of JC Cueto)

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has brought its Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) program to Palawan to create information and communications technology (ICT)-enabled jobs to the micro small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector and aspiring online workers.

DICT training facilitator and instructor Rajit “Jet” Montablan said RIS can benefit residents that are jobless in areas that have high population densities.

He said RIS was initiated by the DICT for individuals who lack access to traditional employment opportunities.

The opportunity for online work and marketing potentials are seven recent graduates of the RIS technical training in the province that started in October.

Montablan said the RIS technical training was a venue for participants to learn digital and social media marketing in a span of seven weeks.

“Dito sa probinsya kailangan din i-capacitate ang talent na meron sa human resource lalo na sa digital opportunity kasi maraming skill sets na in demand,” he said Wednesday.

Montablan said RIS is an arm of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry that offers job opportunities to people in rural areas that are at the base of the pyramid or socio-economically disadvantage.

During the training period, 20 applicants qualified but only seven trainees complied and finished the training.

He said in the MSME sector in Palawan, they are encouraging 14 entrepreneurs to partner with the program.

Trainees have developed web pages for their clients during the 21-day campaign of MSME as part of the tasks in the training.

The MSMEs also reported increased profits from their web pages, one from micro business and two from travel tours.

Three trainees also generated income through the training. The MSMEs and trainees earned P80,000 during the period.

“Ini-expect namin na mag-continue pa sila as freelancer tapos matulungan ang MSME natin, actually marami tayong MSMEs na nangangailangan ng ganitong services na digital marketing,” he added.

He said the RIS serves as a form of formal education for participants to develop their skills and make them understand the different tools they can use with free consultancy from experts.

Carmela Valencia, operations-in-charge under the technical division of DICT Cluster 3, said the RIS would help MSMEs in growing their businesses in the tourism industry in Palawan, as well as help in its sustainable growth.

Valencia said the RIS technical training is a comprehensive online marketing program to promote electronic commerce or e-commerce.

DICT’s Cluster 3 plans to put up a RIS hub in Puerto Princesa City to assist trainees, Valencia said, adding that the agency will put 24 hubs nationwide in the year 2019.

Valencia said DICT will conduct similar training workshops in Aborlan and Brooke’s Point next year while El Nido will be considered as a special project.

Bigger towns like Coron and Culion will also have their training in 2020.

One of the two trainees, Jazz Pablico, said the RISTT made them realize the potential market in Puerto Princesa.

“Sa social media, it’s a big help, nakikita namin na mayroong pwedeng maging market sa Puerto Princesa,” Pablico said.

RIS technical training has 220 graduates across Cluster 3 where 11 provinces from MIMAROPA and Bicol region are included.

Graduates of the program received certificates of recognition during a simple ceremony on December 5. They are called “OFW 2.0 or Online Filipino Workers” in catering clients across the globe.

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