LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) donated additional computer facilities to the provincial library under its Tech4ED or Technology Empowerment for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development program to boost the center .
DICT Officer-in-Charge Rey Parnacio handed over to Governor Cresencio Pacalso  equipment consisting of one server, four set computers, one multifunctional printer, and one unit IP CCTV camera to augment the existing computer equipment for the Tech4ED program.
Established on September 26, 2016, the Tech4ED center to date has registered a total of 704 users, one of the highest in the Luzon Cluster 1. Majority of those registered are job seekers, applicants for National Bureau of Investigation clearance and passport, as well as students.
DICT saw the functionality of the center, the reason it provided additional computer facilities Pacalso said.  He bared the plan of the provincial government to provide wider space for the center and the library with the increasing number of users.
Leticia Bautista, Officer-in-Charge of the Provincial Library,   in acknowledging DICT’s computer facility complement, said the Tech4ED is an advantage as it increased usage of the library
With the changing times, Bautista admitted, “At least we are now able to embrace the use of computers in accessing information not only through the use of books.”
Librarian II Mariline Sawey, a library staff who assists those interested to register, said relevant information, education materials, skills, job opportunities, among others can be accessed in the portal. These are segmented such as agriculture; marketing; health; gender and development; rural impact sourcing which provides freelancer boot camp, freelancer client management guide and social media marketing boot camp; education skills; assistance services on  ICT for financial literacy, for entrepreneurs, digital literacy, and career development, career engine finder, coding skills; and government services such as online applications for passporting, NBI clearance, driver’s license, senior citizens and other government –required certifications.
E-journals such as thesis and dissertation resource materials are also additional features of the center.
To be able to have  access to  the portal, one needs to register first at the provincial center or other designated Tech4ED centers nationwide,  afterwhich he or she   can log in anywhere with internet connectivity, said Sawey.
The center lodged at the provincial library located at the Capitol Compound is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00PM every Monday to Friday. – JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet