PLDT and Microsoft launch Digital Campus Suite

PLDT SME Nation and Microsoft Philippines has launched Digital Campus Suite, a service package that allows students and learning institutions to access online learning programs and earn Information Technology (IT) certification for IT skills that are now in demand.

PLDT First Vice President and Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde

Through the Digital Campus Suite

  • schools will have high-speed connection wit PLDT myDSL, Biz, or iGate, as well as online access to training courses of the Microsoft IT Academy Program.
  • educators and students will have access to Microsoft’s digital curriculum and they can earn IT certifications in the Microsoft IT Academy Program for skills and courses that can help students become more employable.
  • schools will receive licenses to Microsoft Office 365 to help students and teachers interact using Cloud tools and platforms.
  • schools will receive laptops, tablets, and WiFi access points in the campus for the use of students.

Through the Digital Campus Suite, PLDT SME Nation and Microsoft Philippines are trying to address a “widening ICT professional skills gap” in the Asia Pacific Region, a trend included in a study by the International Data Corporation (IDC).

Digital Campus Suite launch keynote speaker, Bro. Jun Erguiza.

“ICT skills are no longer just an added value to employment but are now necessities in today’s business and entrepreneural landscape. This initiative [Digital Campus Suite] will allow students to become adept in basic ICT skills and IT programs to prepare them for their chosen careers,” said PLDT First Vice President and Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde.

Championing the Digital Campus. (Left to right) PLDT EVP and ePLDT President and CEO Eric Alberto, PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, COCOPEA Chair Bro. Jun Erguiza, FSC, Ed. D, Microsoft Philippines Country Manager Karrie Ilagan, PLDT President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno, PLDT SME Nation FVP and Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde and APAC Education Partner Director Rani Burchmore.


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for