Photo shows (L-R): MISD Director Romeo Rosas II, CFO Chairperson Sec. Imelda M. Nicolas, ICTO Executive Director Usec. Louis Napoleon Casambre and e-Society Office Deputy Executive Director Ms. Beatrice Quimson after signing the Memorandum of Agreement.
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 at the CFO Office. The MOA defines the support, cooperation and collaboration between ICTO and CFO especially with regards to the Technology for Economic Development (Tech4ED) Project, BaLinkBayan and Peso Sense Projects, respectively.
Being the lead government agency in formulating policies and implementing programs involving migration and development, CFO established BaLinkBayan: “Overseas Filipinos’ One-Stop Online Portal for Diaspora Engagement” and the Peso Sense: The Philippine Financial Freedom Campaign. On the other hand, ICTO with its mandate to ensure the provision of efficient and effective information and communications technology infrastructure established the Tech4ED Project that will open ICT-enabled gateways for education, opportunities, services, markets, and productivity.
Because of their shared vision and common clientele, both parties have expressed their willingness to work together to meet their projects’ objectives. Under the agreement, CFO shall participate in the Tech4ED project by providing information on financial literacy, business and investment opportunities, as well as national and local government services. These will be hosted at the Tech4ED Platform accessed through Tech4Ed Centers. Meanwhile, ICTO will provide CFO access to the Learning Management System (LMS).
The MOA signing also served as an opportunity to explore other avenues for cooperation. ICTO explained that the Tech4ED Project promotes grassroots development by building Community eCenters (CeCs) in municipalities and priority areas. CFO on the other hand, introduced the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) as the platform to involve the Tech4Ed in mainstreaming Migration and Development (M&D) programs at the local levels and with local government authorities.