ICT: Transforming the way we work and live

  • May 06, 2016
  • Alma L. Tingcang

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, 6 May (PIA) - - - “You manage your own time. You can have more time with your family while working, leave your clients anytime and can have more flexibility in time management.”

Thus said Genesis Reonico, founder and chief executive officer of Online Jobs University during the Rural Impact Sourcing Workshop held recently at Sibugay Technical Institute Inc.

Reonico said through online freelancing, you have the opportunity to follow your dream on your own terms and plans. “An online worker is not an employee but an entrepreneur because your services are your product,” he emphasized.

Speaking before a crowd of more than 300 students, fresh graduates and professionals, Mr. Evan Tan, regional director of Freelance Southeast Asia said a survey among reliable companies revealed the qualities they were looking for in the applicants include: appropriate communication skills, competence, analytical skills and work experience.

“Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is transforming the way we work and live. An advantage in freelancing is the flexibility of hours to work and learn anytime you want. The longer hours you have to work, the higher you earn. As a freelancer, you have to work hard for it and show clients that you are competent,” Tan emphasized.

Tan also informed that freelancer.com is a website where freelancers can register and let clients know their available services. Some jobs are per project and some are for retainer basis. “Forty-eight (48) percent of our registered freelancers are young professionals,” he said.

Ms. Maria Teresa M. Camba, OIC-Director of the Information and Communication Technology Office-Department of Science and Technology (ICTO-DOST)  said,  “Just like any job, there must be proper matching of the skills and the job requirements. Anyone should be competitive. We in the ICTO, we have roadshow to create awareness about the online industry. We will continue to promote and plan so people in Sibugay would have better employment.”

Zamboanga Sibugay ICT Council Chairman, Board Member Eufemio Javier Jr. said the Rural Impact Sourcing Roadshow in January, this year was held to wake up the Sibugaynons that much can be done online.

“Today, we have the Rural Impact Sourcing Workshop, we can get far from here. Let us work together as our hashtag states, ‘#IT Rocks in Sibugay,’” Javier said in conclusion. (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay)

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