By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
June 8, 2016
BILIRAN – Twenty-four selected employees and personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) who have basic knowledge on computers and skills in computer operation attended a 3-days training on Windows 8 and Microsoft (MS) Office 2013: Overview and Updates on May 25-27, 2016 held at Biliran DEO conference hall.
The training was conducted in relation to the distribution of workstations and the connection of the office to the DPWH communications network under the Japan International Cooperation Agency- Assisted Road Upgrading and Preservation Project (JRUPP). The resource speakers were from DPWH-Central Office, Information Management System (IMS); Ms. Anabelle De los Reyes, Chief of the User Support Division and Ms. Qurrata Ayn K. Karim, IT Trainor.
District Engineer, David P. Adongay Jr. in his opening remarks emphasizes the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as crucially important for sustainable development.
“In this contemporary world of governance, fundamental source of wealth is no longer natural resources and human capital but information, knowledge and technology,” said Adongay.
On the first and second day of training, a lecture and hands-on activities were conducted by Ms. Karim on the Overview of the Windows 8 operating system and the updates and new features of MS Office 2013 applications specifically on MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Outlook.
One of the participants of the training, Ms. Olivia S. Tolentino, Administrative Officer III said that the activity enables her to use and manage the essential features of Windows 8 and MS Office.
“I thought I don’t need to attend this seminar because I already know the basic operation of computer but I’m glad that I did because I have learned some cool features of Windows 8 and some of the techniques in Microsoft Office to make work easier,” she said.
Engr. Diolito S. Aberion, Engineer II who is also one of the participants said that he has gained new knowledge on using Windows 8 and tells how excited he is to apply this in his work.
The participants were also lectured on the Introduction of DPWH Institutional Capacity Development (ICD): Overview and Advocacy campaign on their third day of training. This time, IT users in the office who are not participants of the said training were encouraged to attend the lecture.
Resource speaker, Ms. De los Reyes said that this is to increase awareness of the DPWH personnel of the Department’s IT initiatives and its Policies.
Overall, the training enables the participants to have a smooth transition from previous versions of Windows and MS Office without compromising their efficiency and productivity as they shift to these new versions.