TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayanos can now avail e-government services such as online application for National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance through Tech4Ed center in Cagayan Provincial Learning and Resources Center (PLRC).
PLRC Head Michael Pinto said the public can save time and money in online application for government documents such as Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA, formerly NSO) birth certificates.
Online applications for Social Services System (SSS), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and others can also be made through the said service.
“Lahat po ng online application na ‘yun, puwede po nilang gawin ‘yun sa PLRC [na] free of charge. Kaysa po na pupunta sila doon [sa offices] at magbabayad ng P50 per hour, puwede po silang magpareserve ng slot through PLRC,” he said.
The Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development or Tech4ED is a project of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
DICT said in their website that the service “helps cut the expenses by offering an easy and fast process of online transaction.”
In Pagdidinnamagan: Kapehan sa Kapitolyo on Monday, November 6, Pinto encouraged the public to take advantage of the service. He also told The Northern Forum that printing is also free in PLRC, commonly known as the provincial library, located in Baranagay Caritan Sur, this city.
Aside from having eGovserv services, the Tech4ED platform also contains uploaded government training modules for government training courses such as Alternative Learning System (ALS) modules under the e-EduSkills section. Tech4ED also has e-Assist, e-Agri, and e-Marketplace sections.
Pinto said the public library is a free WiFi zone. The building’s second floor has eight computer units with internet access. Tables were also allotted for laptops that can connect to the PLRC’s WiFi.
Meanwhile, the PLRC is also eyeing for the help of tricycle drivers in disseminating information on Tech4ED and the library’s other services. Pinto said they will inform drivers of the service so that they can share the information to passengers or voluntarily bring them to PLRC.
“In a way, kasama natin sila [tricycle drivers] sa pagpromote ng PLRC. It’s part of a participatory promotion with tricycle drivers,” he said.
Pinto added that talks are ongoing with Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODA)s, and that he hopes they can finish planning “by the end of the year.”
“Kung meron tayong small [trash bins] na nilalagay sa mga traysikel para sa mga basura, baka puwedeng maglagay din ng maliit na space dun [at] nila ilagay yung mga flyers,” he said.
Pinto is promoting PLRC’s activities and services in celebration of the Library and Information Services Month this November. Northernforum.net