DICT-trained Marawi IDP now earns 6-figure income

By : Lou Ellen L. Antonio Mindanao Today/08:40:13am 08/24/2021


SITTIE Norjehan Macapondag, one of the graduates and recognized as one of the outstanding trainees, receives her medal symbolizing her completion of the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Technical Training for Social Media Marketing and Advertising spearheaded by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). (Photo by PIA ICIC)

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur – A resident here is now earning more than P100,000 per month after completing a training conducted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in 2018.

Sittie Nurjehan Macapondag, an internally displaced person from Barangay Norhaya Village in the city's most affected area, said DICT has transformed her life with numerous opportunities online.

“DICT has helped me transform from being an IDP from ground zero into someone who earns a six figure a month,” she said.

Macapondag now has a rate of $20 per hour for her online jobs. She said she preferred freelancing since it enables her to earn while just staying at home.

From ground zero to online opportunities Macapondag said she used to work as a nurse abroad in 2015 and returned home to Marawi for her family. When the siege broke out in 2017, Macapondag said the earnings she gained abroad vanished.

However, Macapondag saw hope after she got interested in joining the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Technical training of DICT. She also preferred freelancing in order to earn income while spending time with her family at home.

“I earned about P40,000 during the first month of the training as I work as a freelancer. There, opportunities started to come into my life,” she said.

During the training, Macapundag was the only trainee who was able to get a client abroad.
Equipped with digital skills and knowledge, she was invited to various events to be a resource speaker.

To date, she has conducted six trainings since 2019 on various topics such as social media marketing, website development, and e-commerce development for professionals and micro, small, and medium enterprises.

Instrument for others’ success
Macapondag said she is elated as she is able to help other people. She also became a resource speaker of DICT in its various technical trainings.

“It's nice to feel that you can help others because I've had many students who are already earning. Until now I am transforming an IDP or individuals, especially in rural areas. It fells nice that I have become an instrument of digitaljobsPh training,” she said.

The outstanding freelancer also urged the trainees, especially her fellow IDPs to pursue their dreams despite challenges. She noted that there are challenges along the way before achieving great things in life.

She is also grateful to DICT who capacitated her with skills and knowledge in ICT. (LELA/PIA ICIC)

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