DICT-Kalinga holds free digital literacy, cybersecurity trainings

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga (PIA) — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)  will conduct free online trainings on cybersecurity and digital literacy to gamers who are most prone to online risks.

“[This aims] to train ‘yung mga online gamers natin on how to stay safe kahit naka-online sila, at the same time magiging aware sila [on how to remove their footprints] on the internet,” DICT-Kalinga head Mona Lisa V. Vizcarra said.

The agency will also hold a face-to-face training on Adobe Photoshop  for students. This collaboration with the St. Louis College of Bulanao  is set on June 18 to 19.  The participants will learn about the image editing tool,  features and elements. 

Another face-to-face training is scheduled in Barangay Asibanglan, Pinukpuk on the free wi-fi program. The Internet Multimedia Information Literacy or IMIL training will orient the community  about the internet and its uses, applications, and benefits.

 “We  teach ‘yung mga residents how to log in on the free Wi-Fi connectivity nga naiyawat kanyada, and at the same time tapnu masurwaan da [about the Internet]. Whether we like it or not, the internet is very open to everyone, ngem haan nga amin ket ammu da ti araramiden da, to make sure that they stay safe online,” Vizcarra said.

[We teach the residents how to log in on the free Wi-Fi connectivity provided to them, and at the same time, to let them learn [about the Internet]. Whether we like it or not, the internet is very open to everyone, but not everyone knows how to use it properly, (we make sure that they stay safe online.]

Vizcarra said the training also includes education on cybersecurity and eGovernance.

According to Vizcarra, more than 90 Free-Wifi sites have been established across the province of Kalinga under the DICT’s program to provide connectivity nationwide, particularly in remote areas.

To request for the establishment of more sites to further boost connectivity, Vizcarra is encouraging local officials to join the serbisyo caravan of the DICT-Cordillera in Baguio City on June 20-21 as part of the regional celebration of National Information and Communications Technology Month this June.

“Maraming pupunta na executives from our central office. May mga invitations kami sa mga mayors. Hopefully during the [event], makapag-leverage sila. Mas maganda kung collective na makipag-bargain for more free Wi-Fi sites in Kalinga,” Vizcarra said.

[Many executives from our Central Office are going. There are invitations for the mayors. Hopefully during the [event], they can leverage sila. We would be better if they collectively bargain for more free Wi-Fi sites in Kalinga.]

Local government units, schools including the Kalinga State University, are also invited to the HackforGov annual nationwide cybersecurity competition on June 24 to 26 in Baguio City, she added. (IOS-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

DICT-Kalinga staff facilitates a training on Microsoft Office applications last May 17. Photo courtesy of DICT-Kalinga
DICT-Kalinga staff facilitates a training on Microsoft Office applications last May 17. Photo courtesy of DICT-Kalinga.
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