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DICT Pilots GAD Forum in Bacolod

Bacolod barangay officials and GAD focals with resource speakers Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Arnel Sigue and DICT Visayas Cluster 1 Director Frederick Amores.
 The Visayas Cluster 1 of the newly-created Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) held its first set of gender and development (GAD) training in Bacolod City on July 18 and 19, 2016.

Lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, ICT and GAD advocate and former Bacolod city councilor served as resource speaker on Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act and discussed Republic Act No. 10627 or the Ant-Bullying Act of 2013 with emphasis on Cyber-Bullying.

Former associate prosecutor and executive director the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Bacolod lawyer Arnel Sigue gave a lecture on Republic Act No. 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons of 2003 and Republic Act No. 10364 or the Expanded TIP Law and Republic Act No. 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography of 2009 with emphasis on Cybersex and Child Online Pornography.

Educational supervisors and teachers from various town and cities in Negros Occidental and from Bacolod  with resource speake Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and DICT Visayas Cluster 1 Director Frederick Amores
The first day was attended by barangay officials in Bacolod and the second day by teachers and supervisors coming from all the divisions of the Department of Education in Bacolod and Negros Occidental.

The DICT was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 10844 which took effect on June 9, 2016.

DICT Visayas Cluster head Frederick Amores said the same workshop will be also held in Siquijor, Capiz, Aklan and Iloilo in the coming months.

During the workshop, an over-whelming suggestion of the participants was for continuous training and capacity development activities for barangay officials and members of the academe on cybercrimes since these are contained in new laws.

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