PGIN, DICT to conduct commencement exercises for 1st batch of RIS trainees

Nov 14, 2018 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), in partnership with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) will conduct commencement exercises for the first batch of graduates under the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Technical Training Program this November 19 at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Hall.

The RIS Program is an initiative of the DICT to train individuals with micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in promoting and marketing their local products by means of social media and other platforms such as websites.

From over 20 applicants, only 15 made it through the preliminary interviews and assessment and thus went on to complete 10 sessions of training lectures and workshops from September 11 to October 19. These were followed by an immersion program that ended in November 9.

Mr. Edison Natividad, head of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) office under PGIN, stated that the initial implementation of the program in Ilocos Norte have resulted in positive results. "Nagasat la unay dagiti MSMEs tayo iti probinsia ta kas iti datos ti DICT, ti resulta daytoy online marketing ket very positive. Napintas ti sales da iti online marketing," he said.

(Our MSMEs in the province are very fortunate, because the result of the online marketing was very positive according to reports from the DICT. There was a slight increase in their sales from online marketing.)

Natividad also mentioned that one of the trainees was able to land a deal of selling dragonfruit cuttings worth almost P2-million online.

The DICT had prescribed a quota of at least P1-million in total sales for the batch, said Natividad, "Idinto a datayo, addan P1-million ti maysan nga MSME tayo." (One MSME alone has already made P1-million.)

Natividad expressed hopes that the national government could provide additional support to the next batch of the program. "Ammoyo metten a dagitay local government tayo ket umiso laeng ti pundo tayoBarbareng kadaytoy sumaruno ket umdaston ti pundo nga ipaay ti DICT." (You already know that our local government has limited resources. Hopefully the program could be fully-funded by the DICT in the future.)

The DICT has already expressed intentions to train another batch under the RIS Program in Ilocos Norte, to be confirmed and arranged until further notice.


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