The Community eCenter of M'lang successfully launched its digital literacy program for women in the municipality, under the Philippine Digital Literacy for Women Campaign (PDLWC), on March 7 at the M'lang Municipal Bandstand in Cotabato.

The M'lang CeC has targeted to train a total of 500 grassroots women for the year. The PDLWC is the latest addition to the services offered by CeC, which currently includes a ladderized IT education recognized by TESDA offered to college dropouts and out-of-school youths, basic computer literacy, local tourism promotion, disaster risk reduction management and IEC activities.

Gracing the launch was Dr. Angelo Juan O. Ramos, Chairman of the Philippine CeC Network (PhilCeCNet). In his message, Dr. Ramos stressed the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) in changing the lives of women who are considered to be the one of the less advantaged sectors in society.

"The world of information and communication technology is very broad and diverse and that if offers a lot of opportunities for all but we need to deliver our services timely and relevant to the needs of our target beneficiaries, "said Dr. Ramos.

Following the launch, Dr. Ramos also conducted a face-to-face consultation with the different CeC stakeholders in Mlang. particularly the local Vice-Mayor Russel Abonado and some of the Sangguniang Bayan Members as wel as the CeC Manager, Dr. Mary Ann A. Cortado and the women leaders of Mlang to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities faced by CeCs today.

The PDLWC in Mlang has the full support of the local government, led by Mayor Pi┼łol, and the Mlang Local Council of Women, headed by Chairperson Amelda Sales.