HISTORY

Started in 1999 by two veterans of the telecommunications industry namely Demos P. Punsalan and Albert “Sandy” Munroe, CTC aims to bridge the digital divide and combat computer illiteracy for those most in need.  A public benefit organization that fights information poverty and electronic waste pollution through scalable programs, CTC recycles computers and sends them to disadvantaged communities, public schools, and NGOs in several countries, mainly the Philippines.  Over the past seven years, CTC is considered to have helped reduce electronic waste from entering landfills, provided educational programs that make it possible for people to move themselves out of poverty while supporting and strengthening families in the process.

In 2002, CTC in partnership with LBC USA and Fish for Peace started a program called “CyberBarangayan”.  The mission of the project was not only to bridge the digital divide between the Philippine barangays and the global community through computer literacy and internet access, but also to make available alternative livelihood opportunities among the underprivileged by developing skills and knowledge in computer technology.  Several local government units, NGOs, public schools and religious institutions were recipients of the project, including several underserved indigenous communities among those were the Aetas in Pampanga and Tarlac, the Mangyans in Mindoro, and the Manobos in Agusan del Sur.

During its 5th year, CTC launched the “Technology Care Mission” as a community service mission allowing CTC volunteers to attend the opening of several CTC sponsored computer-learning centers in the Philippines.  Mission activities included computer technology and entrepreneurship training and mentoring to help people develop the skills required to start and own a business.  In addition, CTC volunteers mentored out-of-school youth, women re-entering the workplace, senior citizens, and other disadvantaged individuals.  In its pilot program in the province of Laguna, most of the 150 students who completed the basic computer-training course were hired by a local US-based company.  To date, CTC’s programs in the Philippines have helped thousands of disadvantaged students especially in the rural areas of the country.

In 2006, CTC launched the “No Child Left Offline”, an initiative to bring together public and private partners to help public schools in the Philippines join the information age.  With the support of New Haven School District in Union City, California, CTC, in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Education shipped close to 1000 refurbished computers and printers to benefit public schools in the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Pampanga, and Camarines Sur.

In recognition of its exemplary work and commitment to bridge the digital divide in the Philippines, and provide many less fortunate Filipinos with skills and opportunities for gainful employment, Philippine President Gloria M. Arroyo bestowed on CTC the prestigious President’s “Kaanib ng Bayan” Award (Partner in Progress).

Today, despite significant economic and international challenges, funding shortfalls and deepening recession throughout the world, CTC is rising beyond these difficulties to reach out and serve communities.

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