Mayor Darlene tagged the Senior Netizen’s as ‘Tunay na Heneral’ … Lola Techie called them ‘Bagong Bida’

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Hon. Darlene Magnolia Antonino Custodio and Lola Techie

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Without the Pomp and Circumstance March, the SHEEP Computer Literacy Program in partnership with Bayantel successfully culminated the event dubbed as “Lola Techie Salutes the Generals”.

It was a rather warm 30’s in the afternoon of May 3, 2012 where the 148 graduates converge inside the full-packed atrium of Robinsons Place in GenSan to receive their certificate of completion handed personally by City Mayor Darlene Magnolia-Antonino Custodio.

The participants were too excited to meet both the indefatigable local chief executive and the resource speaker – Ms Tessie Moreno also known as Lola Techie of Bayantel. Before 12 noon that monumental day, there were already couple of participants who secured their seats in the atrium. They were asked by the SHEEP-CLP trainers why so early, they replied: “We are so thankful (to God) that we reached this age, and was able to learn how to use a computer. What is a two-hour waiting?”


The new techies tagged as GenSan’s Senior Netizens finished their 5-day half-day training facilitated by the Office of the City Mayor through the flagship project S.H.E.E.P. – Computer Literacy Program (SHEEP-CLP). The basic computer operations and facebook training were conducted inside the SHEEP-CLP office located at Mabuhay I.T. Park along Ced Avenue, this city, with contact number (6383) 301.6270 local 209. Basic computer operations and FB are just part of the other training modules under the Summer 2012 Multimedia Boot Camp sponsored by the local government unit of General Santos City.

Meanwhile Mayor Darlene was so grateful to the senior citizens who submitted themselves for the new technology training considering the physical and mental requirement of it. She told the participants in Filipino:  “Ang galing-galing po ninyo wala po kayong takot. “ She further quipped that you are open to new technologies that can be learned and yet practical.

She emphasized to strengthen the core values of the (Filipino) family through constant communication using Facebook. She addressed the netizens as “Tunay na mga Heneral.”


Sometime in February 2012 when Percival Pasuelo, SHEEP-CLP Head and his team visited Bayantel GenSan to sit down with Gilbert L. Cordero, Jr., Branch Head, and ask the telecom company if it was possible to invite Lola Techie as resource speaker for the culmination of computer training for the senior citizens.

It was only then that Cordero was able to lay down Bayantel’s “Teach Lola Program”. In fact, Lola Techie was already invited in one of the towns in Tacloban where senior citizens were given free training on computer operation and internet usage.  In principle, Cordero confirmed the LGU request pending the head office’s formal approval.

At a glance, marathon meetings between SHEEP-CLP team and Bayantel took place, finalizing the needed requirement and details of the event. The rest was history. Lola Techie saluted the Generals on May 3, 2012.

In her techie talk, Tessie Moreno or Lola Techie called the senior citizens as Bagong Bida. She was so proud and very happy in attending the wonderful event

Lola Techie saluted and admired the LGU GenSan and Bayantel Communications for the untiring commitment in providing the senior citizens with new opportunity to help become more useful and productive members of society.

She advised the participants not to let old age stop them from learning; must stay connected with young people; stay connected with the modern world with the internet technology. She challenged GenSan’s Senior Netizens to take abreast with what is going on around the world. What the young people knew, the seniors must also know.

She asked the local government to continue the program. She described the local chief executive as “napaka-sipag, napaka-ganda at napaka-caring na mayor”. “What more can I say? I admired her more!”, she said in Filipino. She will bring to Manila what Mayor Darlene is doing in GenSan.

Indeed her presence spelled a big difference to inspire more senior citizens to continue what was started. Hon. Darlene Magnolia Antonino Custodio will never stop helping this aging sector of society in the information and communications technology trainings


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