CODA elder members undergo IT training
By Jean Mary G. Ronquillo
BUTUAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) - Despite the noticeable gap with the advancement of technology, elderly members of Cortes OFW and Dependent Association (CODA) proved that learning computer technology is never too late for them.
It was proven true as some 19 members of CODA, of which 17 are elders, underwent recently a four-day training on Information Technology conducted by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office -13 at Poblacion Barangay Hall of Cortes, Surigao del Sur.
In his message during the onset of the training, OWWA-13 regional director Samuel Madrid conveyed that making this program of the agency more accessible to the clients is one way that the government will be felt by its constituents.
“Ang programang ito ng OWWA ay ginagawa natin upang lalong mapalapit ang pamahalaan sa inyo po na aming mga boss na aming pinagsisilbihan. Hindi na po kayo pupunta sa regional office kundi kami na po sa OWWA ang pupunta sa inyo para maipadama naming na kayo ay hindi namin nakakalimutan,” articulated Madrid.
OWWA’s IT training program which is now being rolled out in various municipalities of the region, aims to capacitate the OFWs and their families by giving them access to technology that they can use as a communication tool and upgrade their IT Skills for potential employability.
Included on the training modules are the following: basic computer fundamentals 1 and 2, Internet Fundamentals, Word Processing, Spread Sheet, Power Point Presentation and Digital Media Fundamentals.
For 59-year old Arnulfa Dueñas, who expressed her enthusiasm about the training, learning the basics of computer is a fulfillment of her dream.
“I am very thankful for this training because despite my age I was given the chance to learn computer,” said Dueñas in a local dialect.
Moreover, during the closing ceremony of the training, Atty. Glenn Plaza, Surigao del Sur 1st district board member, expressed support to the elder trainees and pointed out that computers are not only for teenagers but also for everyone who wish to learn, no age limit is imposed.
“Computer technology and other form of communication tools are nowadays a necessity and part of people’s daily lives as we are on the computer generation,” bared Plaza.
On the other hand, Aireen Cambaling, OIC chief, Programs and Services Division, disclosed that the agency is always in support of every undertaking of the organization.
In fact, she disclosed that, aside from the IT Training afforded to them, other CODA members also underwent a Skills Training on Beauty Care simultaneously. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)