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Under the KAKAYAHAN project (from the tagalog word meaning "skill", "capability" or "means"), BayangPinoy will study and learn from the ever-growing digital divide to identify much-needed and practical capacity-building projects and use the available technologies and learnings to establish simpler, more appropriate and easier-to-implement applications and services.
This approach minimizes the social costs associated with capacity-building, applied/technical education and access to ICT infrastructures by integrating them into commercially-viable projects and services. At the same time, developmental risks will be reduced by tapping readily-available expertise, technologies and solutions and spreading the costs across a "community of needs".
This will reduce the digital divide issue, enhance local industries and provide high-value jobs and earning opportunities, in the process reducing the need for Filipinos to migrate out of the country.
Specifically, BayagPinoy will initially enter into service agreements with local industries, governments and organizations to provide "low-lying fruits" of ICT such as automation, internet access and basic communications, and will then progress to more challenging projects as the communities improve in capacity and develop an ever-increasing "appetite" for more-advanced solutions and services.
Parallel to this, selected out-of-school youths and the unemployed will be provided with training and access to the necessary infrastructure to be able to service and support the developing systems and services.
This synergy of identified need and available technical skills, as enabled by technical and managerial expertise from available internal resources and outside volunteers will then reduce the barriers to technical advancement, along the way solve the issue of financing, lack of infrastructure and technical risks.