CATARMAN, Northern Samar — The Provincial Youth Development Office (PYDO) in partnership with the Provincial Information Office (PIO) will spearhead the implementation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) digitaljobsPH project this mid-October.

This was learned from Mr. Jhon Allen Berbon, PYD and Provincial Information Officer.

The project shall offer various free online technical training tracks on information and communications technology (ICT) to provide alternative learning opportunities among the youth sector, and other working population whose livelihoods were adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis, said Berbon.

“The Digital Jobs PH Technical Training Project, which started in 2017, mainly aims to provide technical training to unemployed and financially unstable residents in the province, enable them to land ICT-related jobs, and we thank the DICT for giving us the opportunity to introduce these ICT-enabled capacity-building initiatives for the youth and other vulnerable sectors,” Berbon expressed in gratitude.

“This project is intended for employment generation through the training it will provide, thus, we will be able to upgrade the local talent pool,” he added.

Aside from digital marketing and e-commerce, the project also offers six other courses, such as general virtual assistance, content writing, search engine optimization, and advertising, social media marketing, and advertising, graphic design, and web development.

Interested individuals must submit the necessary documents online and shall undergo qualifying examinations and interview starting Oct. 1.

For Northern Samar, the project shall put premium on the Social Media Marketing track, to include proper management of social media platforms to optimize social campaigns and promote brand growth in the digital market so affected MSMEs can strategize business plans even amidst the pandemic. The on-line training will run for two months, employing both lectures and hands-on activities.

“DICT developed these online learning scheme in line with the social distancing and stay at home directives of the IATF in order for our learners to adapt to the current situation that require remote work,” said Ms. Claire Fernandez, DICT Provincial Director and DICT Representative in a virtual meeting.

The virtual meeting was participated by Mr. Emmanuel Dato, the Resource Person and Trainer and Ms. Louana Sagadal of the Provincial Youth Development Office. (nbq/ADiaz/PIA-N. Samar)