ASUS is widely known worldwide via their innovative products, and PC hardwares, but did you know that the good company also has a foundation that aims to help and enrich people’s lives? ASUS Foundation, along with Taiwan’s ADOC opens up the E-Learning Facility at Tacloban to help them rebuild their lives, by donating 20 computer units, computer literacy programs, and aid work opportunities for those who are in need. Currently the 6th E-Learning Facility operated by ASUS and its partners in the country, ASUS certainly puts “Heart Touching” where it should be. Read the full PR below.
ASUS Foundation and ADOC Opens E-Learning Facility to Help Tacloban Residents Rebuild their Lives
April 16, 2015, Tacloban, Philippines – More than a year after the devastation brought about by Typhoon Haiyan, the APEC Digital Opportunity Center through the ASUS foundation, opens an e-learning center at the Liceo del Verbo Divino last March 31.
The e-learning center is a joint project of the APEC Digital Opportunity Center, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Manila Economic and Cultural Office, Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office and the ASUS Foundation to help pave the way for job opportunities for Tacloban residents through computer learning programs.
In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, made a landfall in the Philippines and affected an estimated 5.9 million workers, especially those living in Tacloban, the provincial capital of Leyte. Many international and local organizations have extended aid to help restore employment and livelihood in the devasted area. The ASUS Foundation donated 20 computer units for the center with 2 instructors, which will help thousands of people and students who were displaced by the typhoon increase their computer literacy so they can have more work and educational opportunities.
‘’Our Search of Incredible means using innovations in technology to make lives better. We are very happy with this opportunity given by ADOC to be able to equip the people of Tacloban the computer know-how so they can rebuild their lives,’’ says George Su, ASUS Technology Philippines, Inc. Country Manager.
Since 2010, ADOC has been working with private and public sectors in the Philippines to set-up e-learning centers in urban and rural areas to reduce the digital divide by enabling people to overcome limitations due social or education status, and to enjoy the benefits of digitalization. The Tacloban e-learning facility is currently the 6th from ASUS Foundation in the country.
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion Since 2010, ADOC has been working with private and public sectors in the Philippines to set-up e-learning centers in urban and rural areas to reduce the digital divide by enabling people to overcome limitations due social or education status, and to enjoy the benefits of digitalization.
The APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) Project, initiated by Taiwan, also named as Chinese Taipei in the APEC region, in 2003, is an Economic and Technical Cooperation initiative to reduce digital divides among the APEC member economies, which aimed at enabling people to overcome limitations due to age, gender, health, social or education status, so that digitalization can benefit anyone and anything at anytime, anywhere.
The ADOC featured a wide involvement of private sector, including major ICT firms and non-profit organizations. Through close public-private partnership, the project formulated best practices for the APEC economies by synergizing various resources and strengthens of sponsors. From 2004 to 2014, around 730,000 people in ten partner member economies received training and benefited from having access to digital knowledge. The results were well acclaimed by the APEC members and acknowledged in the 2014 APEC Leaders’ Declaration.
The ADOC Project also leverages all the resources to help the disadvantaged groups. The reopened e-learning center at the Liceo del Verbo Divino now provides computer training programs so the community residents can have skills to find better jobs. In order to be more sustainable, the ADOC Project envisions a better future, in which digital opportunities are fully explored and transformed into digital employment, digital practicality is pursued as the next step of digital accessibility, and digital employment could be realized through digital empowerment.