Digital technology empowers over half a million people

By , on September 11, 2014


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MANILA – The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) as it celebrated its 10th year yesterday with over half a million people empowered digitally.

The Philippines, which has over  a thousand digital users, and 13 other countries, including Australia, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam joined the celebration.

ADOC project has been working on disadvantaged groups including street children, visually impaired, women and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Beatrice G. Quimson, deputy executive director for e-Society of the Department of Science and Technolgy-Information and Communications Technology (DOST-ICTO) said the Philippines was able to establish over 400 digital opportunity centers through ADOC.

The establishment was done in partnership with the Telecenter.org and the DOST-ICTO.

Quimson also said that they are planning to put up more centers around 1,000 more in 2015.

She also noted the importance of ADOC adding that the agency works to empower its target beneficiaries and provide employment for Filipinos.