March 23, 2011, 1:55pm
MANILA, Philippines – Beginning March, Lenovo will provide complimentary computer training lessons to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents or relatives to enhance their personal computer (PC) skills for increased career and business opportunities in a technology-savvy society.
The initiative is a result of Lenovo’s partnership with Microsoft Philippines, the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) and the Blas F. Ople Training Center and is aimed at leveraging technology to empower and enable greater career confidence.
Dubbed “Learn & Earn Through Computers”, Lenovo’s one-day seminar is part of Microsoft’s Tulay Program, a 10-day information and technology skills training course available for free to OFWs and their families. The Tulay Program is conducted twice a month in 18 Tulay Community-based Technology Learning Centers (CTLCs) across the country, and eight CTLCs overseas including Malaysia and Singapore.
Lenovo’s course is divided into two modules: the Learn module, which focuses on utilizing PC skills for educational purposes—such as accessing online tutorials for distance learning, and portals such as news websites and blogs, which may be relevant sources of information to OFWs.
The second module is the Earn module, centered around PC-based career opportunities, such as running a home business and making use of the Internet for job prospects.
Vicky Agorrilla, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines said: “Lenovo recognizes the important contribution of the OFWs who are the unsung heroes of the Philippine economy. Through this initiative, Lenovo aims to empower the OFWs through the use of technology to make their lives more fun and productive. The “Learn and Earn Through Computers” program serves as a testament to the company’s commitment to empowering consumers.”
“A partnership with Lenovo is definitely one of the highlights that mark our seventh year,” said Dondi Mapa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Philippines. The Tulay Program has been consistently expanding over the years in terms of reach and also in terms of training content.
The ‘Learn & Earn Through Computers’ course brings the participants’ learning to a higher level. With Lenovo’s support and contribution, we can raise awareness and train the OFWs and their families to recognize the myriad opportunities and harness their unlimited potential.”