First in history: Ilocos Norte posts 100% RISTT graduation rate

All trainees of the Rural Impact Sourcing Technical Training (RISTT) conducted by the Department of Information and Communication (DICT) in Ilocos Norte made it to the 42nd Graduation Ceremony, a first in history for the nationwide program.

The graduation was held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Session hall yesterday, November 19. According to Ms. Emmy Lou V. Delfin, officer-in-charge of the ICT Industry Development Bureau, “Record-breaker kayo sa Ilocos Norte. I’m so overwhelmed and surprised kasi this is the first time that we have a complete batch, na 100% ang grumaduate so talagang amazing because it’s the first in history,’’ she said.

The RISTT is being conducted in a total of 69 locations in the country.

Delfin emphasized, “Mahirap ang training kasi there are 35 tasks na kailangang gawin. May 10 days face-to-face training sila kung saan tinuturuan sila about website developing, content writing, social media marketing, at graphics designing and another 21 days para mag-promote sila ng mga small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), website at product, kaya less than 50% palagi ang nakaka-complete across the country.”

Fifteen graduates were produced by the said training, namely: John Kervin Agustin of Solsona; Benny Mar Cabugon, Paoay; Mildred Dacuycuy, Pasuquin; Danjoe Domingo, Pagudpud; Francis Iandale Lampitoc, Bangui; Juleous Ceasar Ramos, Bacarra; Margelo Bumanglag and Thomas Mamaclay, San Nicolas; and Joel Garingan, Milalyn Marcelo, and Ricky Sarmiento of Dingras.

Other graduates came from Laoag City. They are Nathaniel Gamo, Julius Michael Guillermo, Chricencio Guillermo, and Lyrho Ortal.

Cabugon shared, “Since Bachelor of Science in Mathematics graduate ako, nahirapan talaga ako lalo na sa pag-edit ng mga photo at video. Buti na lang nagtulungan kami ng mga classmate ko na matutunang gawin ang mga task kaya natapos din. Talagang masaya, and at the same time proud ako sa sarili ko kasi hindi ko akalain na matatapos ko ang training,” he said.

Through the RISTT, the DICT aims to bring ICT opportunities to people in the grassroots, especially those who have minimal access to networks, internet, and other computer-related services. They were assisted locally by the Provincial SME Office and Sustainable Development Center (SDC). (Stewart Ocampo, & Jedaiah Agcaoili)