Photo by Michael Camsa / BIO
COTABATO CITY—A new era of technology is dawning as young Bangsamoro minds have come together to explore the world of digital possibilities on August 16-17 for a two-day intensive information and digital literacy training held in this city.
The Bangsamoro Information Communication and Technology (BICTO) recently invited a group of digital enthusiasts to join the tech revolution with a focus on empowerment and a strong belief in “Moral Governance,” wherein these young individuals are getting ready to ride the digital wave and shape the future of technology in their communities.
In collaboration with STI College, BICTO firms up young digital enthusiasts on information and literacy training with expert lecturers, hands-on projects for practical experience, and comprehensive insights into the latest web technologies including networking, data protection, and cybersecurity.
Ralph Sinsuat, Chief of BICTO’s Information Systems Development and Management Section, said that their ultimate goal is “no one shall be left behind in pursuing more sustainable programs in relation to information and communications technology (ICT) for the benefit of Bangsamoro communities.”
“We conducted this intensive training for the students to be well-equipped and have sufficient knowledge of the technologies. If they want to find a job both public and private, at least they’re ready,” Sinsuat said.
He further emphasized that BICTO will help the participants for employment with their qualifications.
“Kapag ang mga agencies na gustong magpatulong regarding sa mga hiring nila about digital and ICTs, of course, we will link them to qualified trainees where they can deliver the competencies needed,” Sinsuat said.
For 19-year-old John Klyde Sumogod, a second-year college student, the training presents a remarkable opportunity to elevate his information and digital skills, rendering him more productive and adept.
“I’m very fortunate to be part of this event, nabibigyan po kami ng mga information and ideas as Information Technology (IT) students. Malaking tulong talaga ang training na ito, very practical at malawak ang mga pinag-aaralan dito which will lead us to have various job opportunities,” Sumogod said.
This proactive digitalization initiative aligns with the Enhanced 12-Point Priority Agenda of BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim, which aims to build the needed digital infrastructure allowing for improved availability and accessibility of digitized government, enhanced data privacy, and security, and enhanced e-governance framework across the region.
As the Bangsamoro youth embrace this forward-looking opportunity, the ripple effects of their newfound digital skills are poised to redefine the technological landscape in the region. (Johaira Sahidala/BIO)