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Microsoft Philippines celebrates its 25th anniversary

In commemoration of its 25th year here in the Philippines, Microsoft had a virtual conference with its customers, partners, and the Filipino public.
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Microsoft Philippiens 25th anniversary

Nation-building through digital literacy

The said online event was attended by more than 5,000 participants. Representatives from this multi-national giant gave inspiring speeches about global leadership in the Asia Pacific. Meanwhile, there were government and corporate partners like The Honorable Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, Supreme Court of the Philippines, and Mr. Lance Gokongwei, president of JG Summit Holdings who did testimonials. Interactive sessions were done to engage Microsoft Philippines stakeholders for the next 25 years.

The virtual celebration also highlighted how Microsoft gave its support to stakeholders worldwide during the pandemic crisis. Microsoft Philippines Country General Manager Andres Ortola said,

Since the very start of the pandemic, your Microsoft Philippines team resolved to be the country’s digital-first responders, supporting key government and civic functions while introducing new innovations to help Filipinos respond, recover and reimagine their reality.

The COVID-19 crisis served as a catalyst for innovative digital solutions in almost every sector here in the Philippines. Because of that, Microsoft announced important initiatives to encourage both the government and the private sector in making a sustainable impact relation to that, Microsoft launched a nation-building project called "Microsoft Para sa Bayan". By increasing digital literacy, it aims to accelerate digital transformation, build coalitions for responsible innovation, and close critical digital skills gaps.

It also has an objective to make the employability of 25M Filipinos better for the coming three years. As of now, Microsoft collaborates with the Department of Education, most recently to provide over 20 million public school children with Microsoft 365 accounts.

Moreover, Microsoft organized an enabler program to aid disability-inclusive workplaces across the Asia Pacific. People with disabilities were given the opportunity to get cloud and artificial intelligence training while employer partners received accessibility education. In addition to this, the program advocated inclusive hiring from non-profit organizations that help PWDs.

In October, Microsoft Philippines announced the formation of the AI Pilipinas Coalition. They formed a partnership with the following: Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Makati Business Club (MBC), Infocomm Technology Association of the Philippines (ITAP), Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Women’s Business Council Philippines, and the US-ASEAN Business Council Inc. This coalition seeks to empower people and educate them about the responsible use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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