By Agueda Ambasing
A free learning and earning scheme for youth volunteers of the Department of Labor dubbed “ Kabataan Information Technology Opportunities (K-Ito), has benefited 164 youth, teachers, barngay health workers, barangay officials and twenty volunteer youth mentors in Mountain Province. Marcial Pachingel, Labor and Employment Officer III of the DOLE’s Mountain Province Field Unit said that the successful implementation of the program has enabled computer illiterate participants to discover the benefits of information technology.
In the program’s scheme, IT-literate unemployed youth have been tapped to mentor participants in computer operations and to learn how to use the Internet to access online government programs and services. Participants from the barangays of Bontoc incluing Poblacion, Tocucan, Samoki, Bontoc Ili, Guina-ang, Talubin, Calutit and Antadao in Sagada, Lagawa in Bauko, Tue and Kayan in Tadian were tapped for the program.
It was a youth-mentoring- the- computer illiterates- program so that computer technology graduates from Xijen College of Mountain Province, Inc. and other schools were tapped to teach and earn at the same time. Participants were required to complete a 22 hours training and the youth mentors earned a stipend on a per hour basis. To implement the program, Xijen College was tapped as the partner institution. The college’s computer lab was the venue for a majority of the trainings. Barangay halls were used as the training venue in Tadian and Bauko. The progam started in April 2010 and ended in the second week of June 2010.