Raise digital awareness by volunteering in DigiBayanihan
Mae Escartin

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA—Bayanihan is a Filipino culture which signifies helping each unconditionally. It is very unique to the Filipinos especially when it comes to educating people and giving them the means to succeed in life.

A multi-sectoral group of digital literacy champions recently launched a project called “DigiBayanihan” during the recently concluded 12th Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4IT). The program project is being supported by Intel Microelectronics Philippines, Inc., Technical Vocational Schools and Associations of the Philippines, Inc. (TEVSAPHIL), Children International-Philippines (CI), Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), Philippine Community e-Center Network (PhilCeCNet), Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE), National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), and UP System Information Technology Foundation, Inc. (UPSITF).

DigiBayanihan is a digital volunteer movement which aims to bring together all types of initiatives to create bigger impact through empowering communities with digital literacy. The movement hopes to create a sense of urgency for digital literacy and push its prioritazation in the Philippines’ human and economic development agenda.

Digital volunteers are working together to reach more Filipinos who want to learn basic digital skills (no age requirement). Participants would be included on Intel’s digital literacy program that has specially-developed curriculum comprised of fourteen modules, each containing approximatelly two hours of instruction.

“DigiBayanihan will also provide a traditional and digital avenue for Filipinos to volunteer and teach others to use technology in a meanigful way. We need to create a critical mass of digital literacy and citizenship champions at all levels of society who willmotivate and inspire people to learn and take action,” Yvonne Flores, Corporate Affairs Manager of Intel Philippines said.

The most important player of the movement will be the volunteers. They havethe primary task of delivering training and post-training support for learners at the grassroots level. Volunteers will be mobilized to organize and complement the local activities that will bring digital literacy and digital citizenship withing the reach of most Filipinos even in the poverty line.

With the support of TEVSAPHIL, DigiBayanihan hopes to mobilize at least the 4, 000 technical vocational institutions nationwide to bring digital literacy to communities especially to the less fortunates.

According to TEVSAPHIL President Col. Alexander Escano, TEVSAPHIL confirmed its calling and mandate to give free digital literacy to Filipinos and encourage more to learn and use computers to interact and communicate.

“We aspire to have at least one member of the family who is digitally literate. Our dream is to enable the Philippines to be known as to having a digital literate workforce so that we remain competitive.We want the Filipinos to have digital skills to improve their lives,” Flores said.

DigiBayanihan encorage individuals and organizations to volunteer and help them spread digital awareness among Filipinos.

“Digibayanihan is alll about volunteering, empowering, and helping people to improve their lives. We want you to empower them with much needed skills and knowledge to survive in an increasingly digital world,” Flores concluded.

For more information on how to volunteer, you can visit DigiBayanihan’s website at: digibayanihan@fited.org.

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