DOLE, PESO launch 'Kabataan ITo' in Nueva Ecija

November 5, 2009 11:33 pm 

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija, Nov. 6 — Some 360 individuals, including young computer mentors and out of school youths (OSYs), have benefited from an information technology upliftment project launched by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) here.

Ester De Lara, PESO manager, said the program called "Kabataan ITo" (Information Technology Opportunities) commissioned 40 young computer professionals to teach computer literacy to 320 individuals that involve OSYs, families of overseas Filipino Workers, displaced employees and indigenous persons.

"This is to boost the youth's employment opportunity as well as communication abilities through acquired IT knowledge," said De Lara, adding that computer literate enjoy the edge in employment.

The program, she explained was in accordance with the Executive Order NO. 788 issued by President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo on March 30, 2009 which provides for the promotion of "Youth National Service."

"It is geared towards training and enhancing out individuals from the disadvantaged sectors, including out-of-school youths and those who were left behind OFWs," De Lara said.

Likewise, the program will bring the government closer to the people through free, supervised internet access to online government programs and services, she said.

Participants, on the other hand, hailed the program as a big leap for their career. (PNA)

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