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DigiBayanihan aims to reach up to 5M Filipinos by end-2015

Key partners of DigiBayanihan, a national multi-stakeholder digital literacy movement announced that it will target to touch up to five million Filipinos with its digital literacy and volunteering initiatives at the end of 2015.

“We believe that DigiBayanihan will further fuel and propel the eFilipino program. DigiBayanihan, is a Movement of Volunteerism focusing on digital literacy; very much aligned to our Tech4Ed and free Public WiFi projects; it provides additional support to the ICT trainings of our people,” said Bettina Quimson, DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director.

The eFilipino program of the Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) aims to harness the use of ICT to achieve growth and development of communities in the Philippines thru Tech4Ed Innovation hubs.

The DigiBayanihan movement also plans to enhance its partnership with other stakeholders, in particular, the private sector, civil society organizations, academic institutions and international agencies, to include more National Government Agencies such as National youth Commission and TESDA.

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) will managed the DigiBayanihan initiative on a day-to-day basis. “ASSIST and AsiaNGO are proud to act as a catalyst in this whole process and looking forward to making this into a truly national movement,” said Ms. Ashley Venerable of ASSIST.

Part of the DigiBayanihan initiative is Intel’s digital literacy program called Easy Steps. This is the initiative’s current mainstay. There are plans in place to expand the program by creating more Philippine-focused topics.

“Intel believes that DigiBayanihan has already achieved one of the goals we first set in mid-2014, and that is to out digital literacy at the forefront of the national agenda for human and economic development,” said Calum Chisholm, Country Manager of Intel Philippines.

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