PLDT Inc. on Friday said that they batting for the digital upskilling of more Filipinos as the key to the country’s digitalization goals, having pioneered initiatives aligned with this focus area of the GoDigital Pilipinas (GDP) movement.
According to the PLDT statement, this was reinforced by the leading integrated telco alongside other action points of GDP, an initiative recently launched by the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC).
“We support GDP and the government’s initiatives in bridging the digital divide, all aimed to help ensure that no Filipino is left behind as we empower more of our countrymen through technology,” PLDT President and CEO Alfredo Panlilio, who is a founding member of the PSAC’s Digital Infrastructure group said.
The GDP statement also said that they heeded the call of the government to address the risk of a digital divide by promoting digital literacy and building a sustainable digital ecosystem.
“To hasten the country’s digital upskilling and transformation, we at PLDT remain committed to provide best-in-class connectivity infrastructure, digital services, and cloud applications that serve the needs of individuals, families, businesses and enterprises nationwide,” Panlilio said.
“GDP goes hand in hand with our thrust at PLDT of empowering our customers with knowledge, which will ultimately help them best leverage on our products and solutions,” he added.
Likewise, Panlilio reiterated the importance of PLDT’s network investments in having a pipeline of professionals that would power the country’s digital pivot.
“PSAC’s GDP aligns with the whole-of-society approach encapsulated in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), with jobs creation as one of the focus areas. As we aim for a revitalized society, we need to upskill more Filipinos toward jobs of the future,” he said.
Aligned with GDP’s digital upskilling focus area, PLDT Group pioneered efforts in producing industry-ready Filipino graduates through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) specialization in 2003.
The Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP) contributes to the academic and professional journey of 27 partner colleges and universities nationwide through equipment, technical trainings, innovation platforms, immersive experiences, and extension services.
More than 15,000 teachers have also been trained on the Central Visayan Institute Foundation Dynamic Learning Program (CVIF-DLP), producing students whose competence in STEM disciplines are comparable to global standards.
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