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Microsoft says free courses reach 150,000 in Philippine­s

- Gillian M. Cortez

MICROSOFT CORP. said 150,000 trainees in the Philippine­s have acquired new digital-ready skills during the pandemic via its online courses.

In a statement Thursday, Microsoft said it “has helped over 30 million people in 249 countries and territorie­s gain access to digital skills, of which over 150,000 are from the Philippine­s.”

The free courses and affordable certificat­ions are offered in collaborat­ion with GitHub, Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. These courses are on offer until the end of this year.

Microsoft Philippine­s General Manager Andres Ortola said in a statement Thursday, “COVID-19 has increased the need for digital skills, and we are committed to meeting that need, however we can — paving the way for a more resilient Philippine­s and allowing all sectors of society to contribute to the economic recovery.” —

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