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PH Students to Compete in Global ICT Challenge

2018 Filipino Participants in the GICT (Photo courtesy of DICT)

Filipino students with disabilities will go to New Delhi, India for this year’s Global IT Challenge edition.

They are the winners of this year’s National IT Challenge (NITC) for youth with disabilities.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) organized the competition which aims to create awareness and enhance the IT capabilities of the country’s youth with disabilities.

The NITC will empower this sector so as to promote equal access to ICT but above – all to harness the untapped potentials of the Filipino youth.

A representative from a disability category was chosen and this will include two weeks of training and mentoring prior to the global competition.

The Philippine representatives are the following:

1. Justin Philip Gonzales of Philippine School for the Deaf – Communication Disability
2. Venus Alexis Arcayera Rescober of Quirino National High School – Visual Disability
3. Carla Mae Coyoca Pasigpasigan of Valenzuela National High School –Physical Disability
4. Lance Sebastian Llaguno of Valenzuela National High School – Learning Disability

“May this [competition] serve as an impetus for more initiatives, for more partnership because so much has to be done in ensuring a responsible and ICT empowered youth with disabilities towards the development of a disability-inclusive society,” Ma. Lourdes Aquilizan, Officer-In-Charge of DICT’s ICT Literacy and Competency Development Bureau said.

DICT Assistant Secretary Carlos Mayorico E. Caliwara and NCDA Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Carmen Reyes Zubiaga awarded the certificates, medals and cash prizes to the winners.

This year’s participants from 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific numbered 300 with 124 of them belonging to those with disabilities.

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