DAVAO CITY- The group of ICT (Information Communication Technology) stakeholders in Davao is proposing a training program aimed at adding more IT workers to the growing demand in the city.
Belinda Torres, corporate secretary of ICT Davao said they have submitted a proposal to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on their SWIT (Skills for Work in IT) program.
“SWIT is a training program whose objective is to train 700 qualified talents and be employed.” Torres said.
The trainings will delve on those needed by the current competency demand of the account, among these competencies are software development, game development.
According to Torres the proposal will involve funding the trainers instead of the students. Anyone can apply based on the account’s competency requirement
She said they already had an initial presentation to the city mayor and are just awaiting their review. “Hopefully by June we can start if they (city hall) are ok with the proposal.” Torres said.
Davao City IT industry needs an estimated 5,000 new IT workers at any given time but t 40% to 60% of the 5,000 are not filled up. The SWIT can help fill the backlog.
Torres said the 700 SWIT trainees will have a tremendous impact to the econonmy. An entry level IT worker in Davao City will earn P15,000 per month. Also an employed IT worker will benefit three people working in ancillary services such as food, retail and transportation. (PIA/RG Alama)