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A Community eCenter is a self sustaining shared facility providing affordable access to ICT-enabled services and relevant content. It serves as a conduit for efficient delivery of government and other services and a potent tool for empowerment and participation of unserved and underserved communities in development.
Typical services offered by the various CeCs in the country include:
1. Basic Internet services (email services, research and information resource generation)
2. Business services (scanning, printing, copying and faxing, public calling center, ID printing & lamination)
3. Other services (video editing, layouting)
4. Capability-building (hands-on computer literacy and skills development trainings)
5. ICT services (troubleshooting, computer repair, technical services, web development)
6. Internet Service Provider (provision of Internet connectivity to local government units, schools, barangays and households)
7. Online advertisement of local products and local eco-tourism
8. Conduit for eGovernment services (NSO, GSIS, etc.)
9. eBusiness (eBanking, eTrade)
10. Testing centers
11. Community radio center
12. Public eLibrary
13. Mini coop (online payment, online transactions)
14. eProcurement services
15. Applications and placement for employment
16. Price monitoring/ labor advisory services/ cost of doing business
17. Distance learning
19. Business solution center (BPO)
20. Databank/information center
The need to serve people from the far-flung and underserved communities prompted the government to continually provide programs and initiatives to increase the utilization of information and communications technology (ICT). Establishing a CeC in a particular area seeks to reduce the gap between those who know how to utilize this innovation from those who do not.
Likewise, this is deemed advantageous and beneficial to the community as this will serve as a gateway for more economic opportunities and prospects and thus generate more income.
Unlike regular Internet cafes that are profit-oriented, CeCs have a social responsibility to bridge the digital divide by making ICT services available to those in unserved and underserved areas and to help propel the development of local communities.
PhilCeCNet, short for Philippine Community eCenter Network, is a multi-sectoral partner of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) in the implementation of the Philippine CeC Program.
It is a learning and collaborative community of CeC stakeholders contributing to the achievement of the Philippine CeC Program vision and delivery of its mission, thereby ensuring responsive, efficient, valuable and sustainable CeCs.