By Dhel Nazario
To prepare its citizens for the “new normal” after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Taguig City launched on Monday a program that will aid them in the change.
Dubbed as the Taguig Online Resources and Community Hub (TORCH), the portal introduces training for teachers, open campus for professionals, online resource hub for seniors, resource page for businesses to help and prepare them transition post-ECQ and government information portals.
Currently, 4,500 public school teachers and 1,000 private school teachers are under training to conduct classes through Web meetings and self-paced learning tools. With [email protected], teachers may conduct at least one class a week on the Web. The study-from-home arrangements will help decongest schools.
[email protected] is the first component of TORCH to roll out. Since April 20, public and private school teachers have been taking the month-long course from their homes via desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
TECTOC (Training and Enrichment Courses from Taguig Online Campus)
Through TECTOC, Taguig City is offering learning opportunities for a wider range of citizens.
During the pandemic and beyond, the city envisions entrepreneurs, business aspirants, and workers with an appetite for new capabilities to enroll.
For this project, Taguig is partnering with Skillsoft, a global leader in quality, innovative, cloud-based learning. Skillsoft is one of the largest providers of online training in the world. Its vast clientele includes MIT and Microsoft. Their employees may take various courses from accounting to Photoshop.
TECTOC students may acquire 250-plus certificate courses.
Online Senior Citizen Center and Resources (OSCAR)
Online Senior Citizen Center and Resources (OSCAR), the third component, aims to be the virtual version of Taguig’s famous Center for The Elderly. It will feature elderly-friendly services and programs that promote the well-being of elderly citizens.
OSCAR includes one month of free load and subscription to movie portals benefiting all 68,000 senior citizens residing in the city. It also includes Telemedicine, a mechanism for people to seek medical attention via phone or Web. Very soon, the services will also include online lifestyle guides.
Taguig Online Portal (TOP)
Taguig Online Portal (TOP), the fourth component of TORCH, includes efforts of the city government to provide information and services to citizens in ways that reduce physical contact.
So far, the offerings include online self-assessment testing, web-based channel TaguigTV and I Love Taguig Facebook page, website Taguig Information Portal and Telemedicine.
Open for Business (OFB) Taguig
The final component of TORCH is Open for Business Taguig (OFB Taguig).
This program will benefit business owners as it will help them transition from the ECQ to post ECQ.
Specifically, it will release webinars teaching them how to do business in the time of the new normal.