Building a Digitally Literate Philippines, ATI Joins “DigiBayanihan”

The DigiBayanihan Logo

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – With its continued search for an innovative means to expand its reach, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) officially engaged in a partnership agreement with the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Improvement (ASSIST) with the commitment to promote digital inclusion and empowerment through “DigiBayanihan”.

DigiBayanihan is a national movement of institutions, networks and organizations who recognize the importance of digital literacy and digital citizenship as a means to improve the quality of life of the Filipinos. Its mission is to promote digital inclusion through literacy and accessibility across the country achieving human and economic development. A movement managed by ASSIST and Intel Philippines, the said movement has been endorsed by the Department of Science and Technology – Information Communication Technology (ICT) Office and ASiANNGO.

As the training and extension arm of the Department of Agriculture, ATI took part on this mission to fulfill its mandate consistent to the thematic program of increasing access to up-to-date knowledge and information.

Represented by their Directors, Dr. Asterio P. Saliot of ATI and Sreenivas Narayanan of ASSIST officially entered into a partnership agreement of promoting digital literacy and citizenship amongst all Filipinos. ATI vows to promote DigiBayanihan and will integrate it in all ICT-based training programs through its network of training centers and partner institutions.

On the other hand, ASSIST will share contents from “Intel Learn Easy Steps Activity Cards and Topics” which includes how to use internet, online safety, netiquette for youth, disaster risk reduction management, farming tips, among others. This is relative and in support to the ATI’s e-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries, where online courses on various topics and commodities on agriculture and fisheries can be enrolled for free.

This year's target for DigiBayanihan campaign is five million “touched” -- individuals who have gained awareness of the movement; one million “trained” -- individuals who have completed the DigiBayanihan courses, quizzes, and have had submitted entries in DigiBayanihan and relevant partner competitions; and 25,000 “transformed” -- in terms of success stories from individuals and partner organizations and those who have been trained on higher educational skills.

For more information on DigiBayahihan campaign, visit http://digibayanihan.org/.