THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) encourages students to take up science and technology, particularly ICT-related courses to help with the development of the country's ICT industry.
On Friday, September 29, 2017 a forum presenting the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) ICT Masterplan 2020 was conducted at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.
DICT Davao Regional Director Leo Ugto said they see the need for the ICT industry of the Philippines to level up in order for them not to be left behind by other Asean countries who are also developing their own ICT industries.
"As the Philippines is a part of the Asean integration, we are preparing the citizens so we have to be at par with the other Asean partners so that if a Filipino will go to a certain Asean country, he or she will be competitive also. We have to train his/her skills and ability in all ICT endeavor," Ugto said.
He added these endeavors include business process outsourcing (BPO) industries but is not limited to voice-related services but should also include non-voice, animation, healthcare, cybersecurity, and many other sectors.
Because of this, he said they had partnered with the Commission of Higher Education (Ched) and proposed to penetrate the school curriculum of the students by integrating ICT-related courses to educate the students as young as they are. Ugto added as for certain sectors, such as cyber-security, there are very minimal number of people who are considered expert of the field.
"We encourage senior high school students to take STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) courses...because these will help our national economic development," he said.
Ugto also said this is the current advocacy of DICT - to raise ICT awareness to the students starting with the elementary students, high school, senior high school, up until college.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 30, 2017.
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