In a bid to provide digital access and skills training to underserved sectors of the community, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong City launched the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) training center in Tacurong City on June 25, 2019. Mr. Guilbert Simene, Chief of DICT Technical Operations Division of Mindanao Cluster 3, represented DICT during the launching and turnover of the training hub to the LGU, which was represented by City Councilor Lalaine Montilla.

LGU department heads and other stakeholders attended the simple ceremony at the Tech4Ed Center. The RIS Hub is embedded in the already established Tech4Ed Center, which stands for Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs and Economic Development. By helping promote and create meaningful ICT-enabled jobs, the RIS hub serves as a small IT-BPO center for its graduates or anyone interested in online work or freelancing. The hub is basically paving way for graduates who would like to engage into digital marketing and business process outsourcing. Councilor Montilla, who chairs the Sanggunian Committee on Public Information, said that the establishment of RIS hub complements the function of the Tech4Ed which is to offer ICT-related trainings and later, provide access to employment for the graduates. DICT and LGU have already entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the establishment of the hub.

Under the MOA, DICT will provide eight desktop computers to the hub along with scanners, routers and a CCTV camera. The LGU, in its part, will provide full-time personnel to man the operations of the center. Apart from strong internet connectivity, the LGU also provided additional eight sets of computer units for the center. Engineer Stephen Pepillo currently acts as Tech4Ed Center and RIS Hub Manager. (ASF, LGU Information)