| The House of Representatives, in partnership
with Microsoft Philippines, recently launched the Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) e-Learning Center at the House of
Representatives Complex in Quezon City.
Located at the ground floor of the House of Representatives main
building near the session hall, the ICT e-Learning Center houses
16 personal computers equipped with Microsoft Windows operating
systems and Microsoft Office applications. The Internet-enabled
ICT facility is available for use to all of the employees of the
House, including congressmen. Training sessions for the employees
will also be scheduled on a continuous basis.
Representative Simeon L. Kintanar, who is also the chairman of
the House Committee on ICT revealed the committee’s plans
of fully integrating technology in the House of Representatives.
“The committee aims to train 500 congress employees a year
with the ICT e-Learning Center. Aside from this, we also plan to
invite members of congress to a two-day session to re-orient them
with IT and refresh their knowledge on computers. More importantly,
the committee plans to propose the computerizations of our legislative
process beginning with the budget process,” Kintanar said.
House Speaker Jose De Venecia has affirmed the plans for computerization,
“I am happy to announce that in the 1,700-pages thick budget
that was approved, we included there the House outlay to computerize
the entire House of Representatives.”
De Venecia also expressed optimism and pride in the ICT e-Learning
Center project. “I am very happy that Microsoft, one of the
greatest companies in the world, agreed to co-venture with the House
of Representatives in putting up the ICT e-Learning Center. I am
proud to say that we are ahead of the executive department and the
Senate in moving forward towards the computerization of the House
of Representatives, increasing the capability, proficiency and potential
of each member of Congress,” he said.
According to Mark Yambot, Microsoft Philippines Corporate Affairs
Director, Microsoft Philippines has been working closely with the
government to enable Filipinos realize their full potential and
transform the Philippines into a globally competitive economy.
“We believe the House of Representatives is the voice of
each Filipino echoed through 236 congressmen. It is only fitting
that the link between the citizens and their congressmen is enhanced
by harnessing information technology to make governance more efficient,
productive and transparent,” said Yambot.
“Technology is linking people and creating opportunities like
no other time in world history. Today over 10 million Filipinos access
the internet on a regular basis. A good majority of the Filipinos
working abroad use computers in their careers to stay in touch with
their families back home. These millions of online Filipinos represent
a constituency that is relatively well-informed and economically independent,”
During the launch of the ICT e-Learning Center, 30 employees of
the House were recognized as the first graduates of the program.
These employees have previously undergone train-the trainer computer
courses at the National Computer Center and a number of them have
received their Microsoft Office Specialist certifications. These
employees will serve as the trainers at the ICT e-Learning Center,
providing instruction, guidance and development to House members
Photo above shows House Speaker Jose De Venecia, Jr. experimenting
with one of the personal computers at the new ICT e-Learning Center
at the House of Representatives Complex. With him are (standing,
left to right) Dittas Formoso, Microsoft Philippines Enterprise
Marketing Manager, Representative and House chair of the ICT Committee
Simeon L. Kintanar, Representative Abraham Mitra of the 2nd district
of Palawan, Mark Yambot, Microsoft Philippines Corporate Affairs
Director, and Representative Gilbert Remulla of the 2nd district