19 Senior Citizens and 8 (5 Municipal employees, 1 teacher, 1 entrepreneur and 1 teacher-applicant) other walk in participants have successfully completed the 5-day Basic Computer Literacy and Skills Training entitled “Techy Grannies” held at Villasis Municipal Library on June 26-30, 2017. 

The topics discussed were: The Basic Parts/Components of Computer, Basic Operations, Keyboard Shortcuts, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel discussed by yours truly; Microsoft Publisher discussed by Mr. Richard Gonzales, BSIT graduate and an Administrative Aide employee of LGU Villasis; creation of e-mail account and orientation and navigation of the Tech4ED Platform taught by Mr. Isagani C. Biccay, employee of DICT Office, Dagupan City.

On the 5th day, there was a short program on the awarding of certificates to the participants which was graced by Mayor Nato who gave a message telling the senior citizens that they are special that is why there are programs and activities of the LGU like the computer literacy program so that they will not be left behind by the technological development and advancements. He also told the group that in order to live longer, the mental aspect of an individual should be working and active as learning is a continuous process.

Director Cheryl G. Ortega, DICT Luzon Cluster II also attended the program and inspired the participants with a message telling them that in all of the project of the DICT, senior citizen sector is one of the group which is given priorities. She also encouraged them especially those retired teachers to try teaching online. She said “it would not require you to exert physical effort but all you have to do is sit down in front of your computer, converse online with a client for 2-3 hours a day and you will be paid!”

In a sharing hour, the participants were given the chance to narrate what they have learned from the training. Mr. Virgilio Y. Tabogader, OSCA Head, said “It is very much exciting and interesting being one of the participants in this Basic Computer Literacy & Skills Training. We are already in our twilight years and yet we are still given the chance to participate in this kind of endeavor. During the first day of our training, noongtinuturoyungmga parts ng computer, medyomasaya pa akoperonoongmgasumunodnaarawna, gusto kong mag-quit. But because of my determination to learn, kaya tinuloy-tuloyhanggangmatapos. I thank the very patient trainers and staffnahindinagsawasapagturosa akin. I can proudly say that I have learned a lot in this training.”