Peace advocates in Southwestern Mindanao go high-tech

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 November) — Peace advocates here and in neighboring South Cotabato and Sarangani provinces are set to undergo specialized information and communication technology (ICT) training through the city government’s enhanced computer literacy program (CLP).

Percival Pasuelo, executive assistant for ICT of the city mayor’s office, said they have linked up with the Socsargen Peace Network to train peace advocates in the area on audio-visual production and presentation using various multimedia tools.

The training, which is scheduled on Nov. 17, will feature modules on multimedia software like ProShow, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere and Audition, he said.

“The training will address their specific needs in showcasing and promoting peace in the southern Philippines,” he said in a statement.

Pasuelo said the upcoming training is in line with the celebration of the 2012 Mindanao Week of Peace, which is slated on Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

In response to the peace initiative, he said the city government offered its support through integration of ICT into the program.

Pasuelo said the one-day training will not end on Nov. 17 but rather open more possibilities for the tri-people of the city to converge in learning new technologies without jeopardizing their cultures and traditions.

“The digital video workshop is the passkey to open lasting partnership with peace advocates in Mindanao,” he said.

Last June, he noted that the city’s Madaris program benefitted from the free training on basic computer operation and common Microsoft applications provided by the SHEEP-CLP.

SHEEP stands for Social Transformation, Human Empowerment, Economic Diversification, Environment Security and Regeneration and Participatory Governance and Transparency, which are the city’s main
development thrusts.

Pasuelo said the enhanced modules of the SHEEP-CLP presently cater to most residents to develop their skills and provide opportunities for employment.

The free training programs are the brainchild of City Mayor Darlene Magnolia Antonino–Custodio, who had adopted SHEEP-CLP as among the local government’s top priorities. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)