MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Aug. 10 (PIA)  --  Several local chief executives of this province affixed their signatures to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which they will provide space in their respective municipalities to house a learning system that harnesses the power of internet technology.

The other signatory of the MOU document was the Department of Science and Technology – Information Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), which will provide the software and hardware, including a one-year free wifi access, to enable the constituents of the partner LGUs to make full, productive use of the Tech4Ed project.

The signing ceremony was held Wednesday, August 5, during the First Provincial ICT Forum at the provincial Coliseum.

In its very basic concept, Tech4Ed extends access for individuals and communities, especially in far-flung areas of the country, to link with latest trends in online, digital, and social media technology, in the process opening doors for grassroots development, inclusive growth, and poverty reduction.

Faster communication, access to information, government services, skills training, job markets, and business opportunities can easily be done with just a click of the computer mouse once learners can be familiarized with the processes, said Beatrice Quimson, Deputy Executive Director of DOST-ICTO who showed a video presentation of Tech4Ed, assisted by Engr. Royden Rusiana.

Gov. Roger Mercado was in Manila on official business, and so he was represented by Provincial Board Member Atty. Abelardo Almario, who stressed the importance of tapping today’s high technology in practically every aspect of life and discipline, including the procedural matters affecting the judiciary branch of government.

Also present in the ICT Forum was Jose Bagulaya, Director II of DOST-ICTO Visayas Cluster 2 based in Cebu City.

Incidentally, in his closing remarks, Bagulaya said his first assignment was in Southern Leyte during the time when ICTO was named Bureau of Telecommunications then.  (ajc/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)