Taguig rolls out TORCH to prepare community for post ECQ norm
PARANAQUE CITY, April 28 (PIA) – Taguig City Government launched on Monday an online system that will help their residents prepare for the new norm after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Called 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.
Under TORCH are: Cyberlab@Home , where teachers can conduct at least online class per week.
Currently, there 4,500 public school teachers and 1,000 private school teachers are under trainings to enable them to conduct classes through Web meetings and self-paced learning tools.
With Cyberlab@Home, the study-from-home arrangements would help decongest schools.
Since April 20, public and private school teachers have been taking the monthlong course from their homes using desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
There is also a Training and Enrichment Courses from Taguig Online Campus (TECTOC) where the city government offers learning opportunities for a wider range of citizens as the city envisions entrepreneurs, business aspirants and workers with an appetite for new capabilities to enroll. TECTOC students can learn from more than 250 certificate courses
For this project, Taguig partners 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.
Another component of TORCH is the Online Senior Citizen Center and Resources (OSCAR). A virtual version of Taguig’s Center for the Elderly. It features elderly-friendly services and programs that promote the wellbeing of elderly citizens.
OSCAR includes one month of free load and subscription to movie portals benefitting all 68,000 senior citizens residing in the city.
It also includes Telemedecine, a mechanism enabling people to seek medical consultation via phone or Web. Soon, OSCAR will also include online lifestyle guides.
The Taguig Online Portal (TOP) component on the other hand, includes information and services such as online self-assessment testing, web-based channel TaguigTV and I Love Taguig Facebook page, website Taguig Information Portal and Telemedicine.
The fifth component of TORCH is Open for Business Taguig (OFB Taguig). This program will benefit business owners by helping them transition via webinars that will teach them how to do business, the new normal way. (Taguig PIO/PIA-NCR)