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Half a Million more Digital Workers in the PH Regions by 2022

Currently, there are 320,000 digital oriented workers in the regions outside Metro Manila. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) aims to add to that number 500,000 more workers by the year 2022.

This has been one of the main thrusts of the DICT even prior to its establishment with the Rural Impact Sourcing (RISPh) and has already significantly made inroads in its program. According to DICT Industry Development Bureau head Ivette Cabrera, there is a need to fully harness the capabilities of unemployed workers in the regions by training them in digital industry fields such as software development, game animation, health technology, and contact centers.

“We will train them and help them have a job before graduation or even after graduation,” Cabrera said.
The DICT is working and coordinating with Local Government Units (LGUs) in the regions outside Metro Manila in providing these free training programs so as to establish a full-time workforce for the digital industry in these regions.

“Kasi Metro Manila marami na tayong investors especially in the IT industry, so we want to promote other cities in the rural areas in other provinces to also be a business destination,” Cabrera said.

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