Bulacan mothers learn basic computing at mobile center

By Alexander Villafania

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA—A 40-foot cargo container here has been converted into a computer learning facility for out-of-school youth, farmers and mothers in the province of Bulacan.

The project is the first ADOC Mobile Digital Opportunity Center in the country, formed through a partnership between the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology (DOST-ICTO), the Asia Pacific Economic Council Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC), and the Filipino-Chinese Love and Care Foundation.

The ADOC mobile training center will go around several municipalities in the province of Bulacan, particularly in areas with high poverty incidences, to teach target audiences with basic computing skills.

The facility will be maintained by members of Fil-Chi Love and Care Foundation with the assistance of the municipality where it will be stationed.

The ADOC mobile training center is actually the fourth such facility by the DOST-ICTO. The first one was launched in 2009, which traveled around Metro Manila. The second was launched in 2010 and traveled around Bulacan and Pampanga. A third mobile center was also launched in 2011 and is used in Ozamis.

Moreover, APEC already has 15 ADOC facilities all over the country, also providing a number of training modules for OSYs, farmers, and women. Among these modules are basic computer training, Internet, entrepreneurship, among others.

According to DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, the center can handle around 20 students at a time. Each facility has training modules for basic computing divided over a span of nine weeks.

The project seeks to train 300 people every nine weeks and reach up to 1,500 students each year.

“We already have three existing ones and we see around 6,000 people benefiting from this project,” Montejo said.

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