Thursday, April 8, 2021

PTV, DICT to put up facilities in Sulu

SULU – The Duterte government has lined up several projects in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, including a television station and an office for Information and Communications Technology, Governor Sakur Tan said.


Sulu provincial government photos show Governor Sakur Tan with with DICT Regional Director Maria Theresa  Camba and a representative of the state-run People's Television Network and security and government officials at the Capitol Office.

Tan thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), including the state-run People’s Television Network (PTV) for all the projects. The governor said he recently met with DICT Regional Director Maria Theresa Camba and told him the agency is putting up a provincial office to be able to hasten information technology advances in Sulu that will benefit not only the public, but the local economy as well. 

The governor assured Camba of his support to the DICT projects and programs for Sulu. Tan said he would provide the lands for the DICT office and PTV station for free as a show of gratitude of the Tausug people for the government projects and programs. 

“With DICT having an office in Sulu is a big welcome because it will bring the government and its services closer to the people. We want to thank our beloved President Rodrigo Duterte; the DICT under Secretary Gregorio Honasan, and Director Camba; and also Secretary Martin Andanar and the PCOO and PTV,” Tan said, referring to the government television network which in under the Presidential Communications Operations Office headed by Andanar. 

An unnamed PTV executive, who was with Camba, told Tan about the government plan of putting up a television facility in the province. “This will help improve the image of Sulu and dispel the wrong portrayals and distorted assumptions attributed to the province and also provide the public with timely and accurate news, especially about the government and its many pro-poor programs and projects,” Tan said. 

Camba also said that the agency will provide 123 computer sets and 9 printers to 7 schools and two local governments and free Internet access to selected government offices and hospitals, including online literacy training programs under the Tech4ED Project.  

Tech4ED stands for Technology for Education, to gain Employment, train Entrepreneurs towards Economic Development and aims to harness Information and Communications Technology to enable, empower and transform society creating an inclusive, integrated and equitable countryside, through providing opportunities for employment and empowering entrepreneurs.  

Tan said he also signed a partnership agreement with DICT to further strengthen and improve the programs and projects of the Provincial Livelihood Training Center and the Provincial Library. 

The meeting, held at the Capitol Office, was also attended by Engineer Bertrand Chio, the Provincial Planning and Development Office Coordinator and the Provincial Focal Person for Information and Communications Technology Projects and Programs. Camba was accompanied by Mindanao State University Chancellor Nagder Abdurahman and Vice-Chancellor Abuzamier Asanji, and Professor Yashier Yail, and other security officials. (Mindanao Examiner)

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