BUAYAN, GENERAL SANTOS CITY – H. Bayan Sr. Elementary School receives ten (10) personal computers from the local government unit of General Santos through the initiatives of Hon. Darlene Magnolia Antonino Custodio on June 21, 2013.
During the blessing , ribbon-cutting, and turn-over ceremonies held inside the upgraded speech and computer laboratory, the lady mayor inspired the guests by sharing how important the role of learning new technologies to improve one’s livelihood. One example she presented was the successful implementation of digital caricature training attended by Bernardo Navidad (fb name Arex Pilapil) of Fatima High School. He was able to master his craft and currently selling his works online and earning him a living.
Mayor Darlene also talked about her experience during the World Cities Summit: Mayors Forum 2013 in Bilbao, Spain where she was invited to speak and present what General Santos City had been doing . The summit was attended by selected mayors from around the five continents.
According to her, every key cities in the world are banking on the knowledge industry including the promotion of business process outsourcing for its citizenry. In Gensan, she already established a bridge connecting the BPO need and what the S.H.E.E.P. Computer Literacy Program had been doing since 1999. The program continuously provides training to all interested participants in different IT-related short courses including the FREE call center training.
Mayor Darlene emphasized that BPO is not only confined with call centers. In fact, other IT-related disciplines need to be given attention like digital animation, game development, apps development, medical and legal transcriptions, to name a few. In fact, these on-line jobs are paid higher than working as call center agents.
Meanwhile, the computers were received by the school principal – Mrs Eleanor Y. Saribillo through the Department Of Education represented by Dr. Sylvia Acuña. Finally it was given to the end users, the students represented by the student council officials through their Parent-Teacher-Association president.
Earlier on, Fr. Rolly Japitana of the Diocese of Marbel who is the outgoing parish priest of Sts. Peter and Paul in Lagao, General Santos City, blessed the computer room and the ten computer units in a simple ceremony. Punong Barangay Melencia Ortiz assisted Mayor Darlene in presenting the computers to the school.