by: Ranjit G. Montablan, Mae Angelica Fabito & Cyd Francis D. Recidoro
The Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office) and DOST-MIMAROPA, in cooperation with the Provincial Governments of Oriental Mindoro and Romblon, conducted Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) workshops in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, and in the municipality of Odiongan, Romblon, on November 25 and December 8, respectively.
The RIS workshops, in a nutshell, were about bringing and introducing online, home-basedjob opportunities in the countryside.According to Assistant Secretary Monchito Ibrahim of the DOST-ICT Office, it is one of the four sub-programs of the DOST-ICT Office’s DigitalPH Program, which aims to transition the Philippine economy into a digital economy by promoting ICT-enabled economic opportunities, not just in Metro Manila, but also in the provinces. The RIS, according the
DOST-ICT Office website (http://icto.dost.gov.ph), “is considered as outsourcing, which focuses on providing meaningful jobs and other related opportunities in socio-economically disadvantaged areas… where there is high population but low employment due to lack of investors.” Ultimately, it is one of DOST’s initiatives to realize its thrust for the Philippines to be “a global leader in Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) Services generating direct employment of 1.3M” with 520,000 of those coming from rural areas.
DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, on the other hand, said that with the opportunities accorded by online jobs, “unemployment would be an imaginary foe”. She also emphasized that e-Marketing has grown in scale and has generated millions of home-based jobs across six continents. Furthermore, the micro-work of e-Marketing has spun-off to social media content posting and advertising management, e-mail marketing, search
engine optimization, and the like, creating windows of opportunities for non-tech people to work in digital marketing campaigns.
The RIS workshops featured resource speakers from Freelancer.com and OnlineJobsUniversity.com, as well as testimonials from locals who have been online jobs professionals for some time. Workshop participantswere composed of college students, members of the academe, professionals, and government employees. Among the key topics discussed were how much one can typically earn doing online jobs; the pros and cons of doing online jobs; the different types of online jobs; how to deal with clients; the general tools, equipment and applications one should master; legitimate online platforms where to find legitimate online jobs; and how and where to receive payments.