Marawi evacuees complete basic computer training in Iligan

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2018 04:32 PM

Evacuees from conflict-stricken Marawi City are taught how to use basic programs on a desktop computer. Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

ILIGAN CITY - For many, exposure to the digital world may be limited to Facebook. While savvy in using social media, they could have little knowledge in using computer applications, including word processors and spreadsheets. 

This is true of evacuees from conflict-stricken Marawi City, like 
Raisanah Mustapha, who said she learned to use Facebook on her mobile phone through friends but had little experience in using desktop computers and its basic programs. 

"These were not taught in Marawi schools. Some schools just don't have computers. Our internet service is also unreliable," she said.

As part of efforts to rehabilitate Marawi and its residents, the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the Iligan City government held a 3-day seminar on basic digital operations for selected evacuees from the conflict zone. 

Majority of the participants were over 20 years old but could still use some help in making resumés in a word processor.

Their objective was to equip residents with basic computer knowledge to give them a fairer chance at getting hired.