Thirty-five youngsters from the Payatas community in Quezon City got a skills boost when they finished the Computer Literacy Program conducted by the Integrated Community Extension Services (ICES) and Fondacio Philippines, a Christian non-government organization dedicated to ministering social and spiritual transformation. A graduation ceremony was held last January 20 at the BA Multimedia Room.
On hand to give out the certificates to the graduates (composed of beginners and intermediate classes in three batches) were Fr. Nonong Fajardo C.M., ICES Director, and Ms. Maricar Ocdol, Fondacio Philippines country head. University President Fr. Gregg Bañaga Jr., C.M. also graced the occasion and gave a short message during the ceremony. Excellence awards were also given to students who did well in the program.
The participants of the program received their training from professors from the Computer Science and IT&M departments and staff from the Information Technology Center. The College of Business Administration was also involved in the project. The mentors were likewise presented with tokens of appreciation in recognition of their efforts to teach the youth of Payatas on top of their work at Adamson.
Fr. Fajardo is optimistic that with their computer training, the Payatas youth will gain more motivation in seeking employment or doing better in their studies. The participants then showed their appreciation to their mentors with speeches and an audio-visual presentation shown during the program. Yael Esperat