USeP – College of Information and Computing empowers rural communities through digital training for Barangay development

Living its Vision, Mission, and Goals, the University of Southeastern Philippines – College of Information and Computing (USeP-CIC) through the College Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Units conducted the “Digital Empowerment for Barangay Development in the Rural Areas: Building Awareness and Preparedness” training last May 17, 2024, at the KASILAK room of TATAG IP Foundation Incorporated located in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

Anchored in the research study proposed by CIC and approved to be an Institutional research, this activity aimed to provide awareness and preparedness training to the smallest unit of the community- the barangay, particularly in the rural areas of the Davao Region. This ensures that they understand the advantages of improving their way of doing transactions in the barangay with the help of information and communications technology (ICT) strategies.

The awareness training is designed to empower Local Government Units (LGUs) in rural areas to embrace digital transformation as a catalyst for positive change, driving economic development, improving governance, and enhancing the quality of life for rural residents.

The activity was graced by key officials of the University including the Vice President for RDE, Dr. Roger C. Montepio, who gave a motivational closing remarks at the event. Another key official present is the Director of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Division (KTTD), Dr. Karl P. Campos, who generously shared his insights and valuable experiences as a Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chair before igniting the interests of the barangay officials to adopt digitalization initiatives of the barangay.

With the joint efforts of the CIC team headed by Dr. Ivy Kim D. Machica, the College Dean; Assoc. Prof. Michael V. Machica, KTTD Deputy Director; Ms. Cheryl R. Amante, Extension Head; Ms. Vera Kim S. Tequin, MCIIS Center Manager/CIC Research Head; Mr. Hobert A. Abrigrana, BSCS Program Head; Asst. Prof. Gresiel E. Ferrando, BLIS Program Head/QA Head; USeP Public Affairs Division (PAD) team, and the partner communities of Barangay Palma Gil led by Punong Barangay Pablo Tagnipes alongside the barangay council members and staff; LTC Emmanuel P. Garcia INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of 56th Infantry “Tatag” Battalion, 7ID, Philippine Army and unit staff; the activity significantly contributed to the development of the technology adapters.