PLDT Group Chairman Manuel V Pangilinan expressed his support for strengthening industry-academe linkage in the Philippines

PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF), the social outreach arm of PLDT and Smart, is committed to strengthening the linkage between technology and education in the Philippines through “RISE to the FUTURE: Synergizing Education and Industry Innovation”.

Speaking before industry and academia leaders, PLDT and Smart Chairman Manuel V Pangilinan emphasized the Group’s support for the government’s digitalization efforts in education.

Pangilinan stated, “May we usher in an era of deeper collaboration, mutual listening, and more focused education, which can truly equip our youth with the skills, the mindset, and the courage with which to innovate and change the country for the better.”

In partnership with Philippine colleges and universities, PSF will promote inclusive learning and industry-academe partnerships, particularly in STEM education.

In addition, PSF has launched the Rise program in the Philippines, an initiative that provides opportunities for aspiring youth to work together to become of service to others.

Esther Santos, President of PSF, expressed gratitude to partners and company leaders for their support in this shared goal.

The Group is also collaborating with the national government through the Digital Infrastructure pillar of the Private Sector Advisory Council to connect, digitize, and empower Filipinos and drive the country’s economic ambitions, aligning with UNSDG #4: Quality Education.


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