Faculty, students pose for a souvenir shot during the Cyber Security Caravan held at the Romblon State University (RSU) main campus. (Photo by Paul Jaysent Fos/PIA-Romblon)

ODIONGAN — The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) in Romblon Province on September 10 conducted a one-day cybersecurity caravan in Romblon State University (RSU) Main Campus to promote awareness and online safety to students.

More or less 560 students and faculties of RSU’s Institute of Information and Technology (IIT) attended the cybersecurity caravan, according to DICT Provincial Officer for Romblon, Engr. Racquiel G. Aguba.

“The objective of this cybersecurity caravan is to promote awareness regarding the effects of cyber bullying, hacking, ATM frauds, and all connected to cybersecurity and cybercrime,” Engr. Aguba explained.

Engr. JC Cueto from DICT’s Field Operations Office – Luzon Cluster 3, also urges students to understand the cyberspace, cybercrimes, and the risks of social media.

“Social media users are the most vulnerable in terms of cybercrime because we post everything we do on Facebook, Twitter. We are vulnerable to Phishing, Malware, Hacking, Cyber Bullying, and Electronic Theft,” Engr. Cueto shared in his presentation.

The university, thru the Chairman of BSIT Department, Sarah Jane Fallaria, thanked the Department of Information and Communication Technology for holding the caravan at PSU as she recognizes that it is one of the ways to empower students to protect themselves.

“Napaka-timely na isa sa activities ng DICT ay ang awareness caravan gaya ng cybersecurity at data privacy lalo na sa mga students like you na malimit gumagamit ng internet. Isang way ito para maturuan kayo on how to protect yourselves online. (It is so timely that one of the activities of the DICT is this awareness caravan like this cybersecurity caravan and daty privacy especially to students who are always using the internet. This is one way to teach you [students] on how to protect yourselves online),” Ms. Fallaria said.

Based on the Philippine National Cyber Security Plan, DICT is mandated to “ensure the rights of individuals to privacy and confidentiality of their personal information; ensure the security of critical ICT infrastructures including information assets of the government, individuals and businesses; and provide oversight over agencies governing and regulating the ICT sector and ensure consumer protection and welfare, data privacy and security, foster competition and the growth of the ICT sector.” (PJF/PIA-MIMAROPA/Romblon)