United States donates videoconferencing equipment to Philippine justice
February 19, 2022 | 00:00
MANILA, Philippines – The United States government has donated 4.2 million pesos worth of equipment to meet the videoconferencing needs of the Philippine justice system.
Acting U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava led the rotation when she met with Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo on February 17.
The donation, funded by the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, includes nine units of videoconferencing tools, nine 55-inch televisions, a professional high-brightness teleprompter and other accessories.
It also includes a registration and training management system programmed and designed to help the Judicial Academy of the Philippines manage the information and data collected for the seminars it organizes.
“Technology is essential to improve access to justice, increase transparency and protect the rights of all. The United States is proud to support these efforts and looks forward to future collaboration,” Variava said.
Gesmundo thanked the United States for the donation, saying the videoconferencing equipment “will contribute to our collective commitment to expanding public access to justice through technology.”
Meanwhile, the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a P42.9 million agreement with private sector partners to provide training opportunities to out-of-school youth.
PBEd said more than 3,100 unemployed young people will benefit from free vocational training in construction, hospitality, car servicing and marketing. Through PBEd’s YouthWorks PH, opportunities will be available for people in the Metro Manila area and Cagayan de Oro City.
“This partnership launch will build on YouthWorks PH’s existing suite of skills training resources in pandemic resilient industries. Importantly, the partnerships we are forging today will also fill gaps in vital and growing sectors, such as automotive servicing and marketing,” PBEd President Ramon del Rosario said in a statement. . –Romina Cabrera