Microsoft joins Gawad Kalinga in Upgrading a Community in Nueva Ecija

Microsoft employee-volunteers build and teach at a GK Village as part of global #UpgradeYourWorld campaign; invites the public to make a difference together

As part of Microsoft’s #UpgradeYourWorld campaign, Microsoft Philippines teamed up with longtime partner Gawad Kalinga (GK) in upgrading its community in Nueva Ecija. Microsoft employees dedicated a workday to help build houses in its growing village in Cabiao.

“Gawad Kalinga has taken strides in uplifting Filipino communities all over the country, and we admire the organization for their commitment to uplift the quality of life of Filipinos through the homes and communities that they build,” said Karrie Ilagan, General Manager for Microsoft Philippines. “But more than building homes for the nation, we admire the importance that not just the organization but the entire municipality of Nueva Ecija places in building a good foundation for a bright future for the youth through education. As Gawad Kalinga strives to build the nation by helping 5 million Filipino families out of poverty, Microsoft is here to upgrade the world of this rising community in Nueva Ecija.”

Microsoft donated Windows 10 PCs and 100 hours of internet that will help power schools in the GK Village. Employee volunteers and teaching ambassadors helped train educators in this village to maximize their potential as they maximize the new Windows 10 computers for teaching and helping students learn through technology.


Upgrading Your World: Karrie Ilagan, General Manager for Microsoft Philippines, and Microsoft employees volunteered to join Gawad Kalinga in upgrading a community in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. Microsoft Philippines took part in the Upgrade Your World initiative that has employees from across the globe taking a day off to make a difference at a local community.

In her opening address during the day of the build, Gawad Kalinga’s Issa Cuevas-Santos said: “It is a privilege to be a long-time partner of organizations like Microsoft that strive to make it their business to upgrade lives and communities. The poor deserves innovation just as much as anyone else, and they need it more than anyone else. Our partnership with Microsoft helps us build programs that will harness their potential for themselves and for others.”

To know more about #UpgradeYourWorld, visit the Microsoft website. To participate in building a GK community, visit

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Microsoft Philippines, the local subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, has been constantly bringing innovation and making its technology available to Filipino businesses and individuals since 1995. As a committed and trusted partner in nation-building, Microsoft Philippines has made it its mission to fuel growth and healthy communities, as well as transform locally-based businesses and empower them to compete in the global economy.


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