Ilocos Norte pushes for another 100% RISTT graduation rate

Mar 19, 2019 ...

To keep pace with the growing "e-commerce" industry worldwide, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), has opened applications for enrollment of the second batch of Rural Impact Sourcing Technical Training (RISTT), to begin on September 2019.

This training program aims to provide technical trainings for the unemployed, and to provide wider market opportunities for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Last year, Ms. Emmy Lou Delfin of the DICT Industry Development Bureau described Ilocos Norte as a "record-breaker," being the first province wherein all trainees in the RISTT program were able to complete and graduate from the course.

Provincial SME Office Head Mr. Edison Natividad also noted that the target for this batch is 25 slots. This is to give chances to information technology graduates and to further enhance their ICT skills.

 "Ang target natin ngayon ay 25 slots for scholars, and 25 slots for MSMEsOne-on-one kasi ang approach natin para matutukan talaga ng scholar ang promotion ng mga productsLast year, talaga namang successful yung unang batch ngRISTT dito sa Ilocos Norte at madami itong naibigay na benefits sa mga MSME. Na-meet rin ng mga trainees noon angtarget market nila, sobra-sobra pa nga," he said.

Interested MSM entrepreneurs whose business has been operating for at least a year already may go directly to the DICT Office and bring their mayor's permit, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) business name registration, and BIR registration. Meanwhile, scholars are to undergo a written examination, followed by a screening interview.

The lessons included in the training program are the following: branding for companies, products and services, web development, product photography and content writing, business blogging, social media content creation, and building a freelancer profile, among others.

The implementing bodies of this training program are the DICT, SMEO, Sustainable Development Council, Information Technology Department, Provincial Education Department, and INVEST Office.

by Blessing Angel Agliam

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