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Microsoft’s AI solutions and Cloud platform can play a pivotal role in helping to enhance skills development in the Philippines while acting as building blocks for driving innovation and competitiveness more broadly. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MICROSOFT

Microsoft is expanding its commitment to accelerate the effective use of AI in the Philippines by advancing skilling, connectivity and cyber resilience.

The company was among the band of investors brought in by the recent US presidential trade and investment mission.

The organization is launching a range of new partnerships and programs that will allow organizations to capitalize on the significant economic and productivity opportunities presented by the latest AI technology.

These include helping government agencies develop tools to streamline citizen services and creating a training program to equip more than 100,000 Filipino women learners with AI and cybersecurity skills.

Microsoft is also working with financial organizations and government agencies to support their adoption of Copilot for Microsoft 365.

Microsoft’s announcement aligns with the Philippines’ National AI Roadmap in aiming to accelerate the adoption and utilization of AI in the country.

The partnerships and programs are also part of Microsoft’s broader commitment to supporting the objectives of the Philippine Development Plan 2023 to 2028, and helping individuals, organizations, and communities harness AI’s potential to drive innovation and inclusive economic growth.

“We are deeply committed to bringing the benefits of AI to the Philippines to foster an environment where technology and human ingenuity thrive together,” said Mary Snapp, president of Global Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Vice Chair and President at Microsoft.

“These partnerships and programs reaffirm Microsoft’s dedication to copiloting the Philippines’ homegrown AI innovation, accelerating inclusive growth and development, and ensuring the country will remain a vibrant hub of creativity and progress in years to come.”