November 4, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd) trained teachers and learners on the usage of latest productivity tools useful in digital education practices during the Project Be Techie in School (B.T.S.) 2.0: A Balik Eskwela Digital Literary Starter Pack event last October 22.

“This is what Project B.T.S. is all about, encapsulating the thrust for digital literacy among our teachers and learners. In partnership with Microsoft Philippines, we have prepared a digital literacy starter pack,” Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del B. Pascua said.

“I’d like to commend all your efforts in making sure every learner is given the opportunity to level up and become more equipped to face the challenges of learning ahead of them,” he added.

Through the Bureau of Learner Support Services – Youth formation Division (BLSS-YFD) and Information and Communications Technology Services (ICTS), the agency assisted the teachers and learners know more about usage and access of Office 365 of Microsoft.

“‘Yong mga program of the Youth Formation Division, actually, gets a lot of synergies with the efforts of the ICT service in making technology available, not just for teachers but more importantly, for the learners themselves,” DepEd-ICTS Director Abram Y.C. Abanil said.

Mr. Kristian Catahan, the Customer Success Manager of Microsoft Philippines, discussed the overview of Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and Activation of Leaners account for a better experience in remote learning.

Meanwhile, Microsoft Philippines’ Education Programs Managers Grace Co and Clarissa Segismundo formally launched the Microsoft-YFD plans, namely Microsoft Youth Ambassador (MYA) Program and Digital Literacy Certification.

The MYA program will look for Junior and Senior High School learners from DepEd schools who will serve as ambassadors and will champion technology for learning and advocate mentorship among students.

Furthermore, the Microsoft Youth Ambassador will also be involved in the national and international programs participated in or led by the BLSS-YFD and Microsoft Philippines.

Aside from that, the partnership of DepEd and Microsoft will also offer courses that will help the learners gain the digital literacy certification necessary to engage in a digital economy and will be vital in the professional world.

“I want to thank the Department of Education, on behalf of the entire Microsoft team, for trusting Microsoft Philippines. We have been partners for many years, and the work that we do is anchored on enabling quality and accessible education,” Microsoft Philippines’ Public Sector Lead Joanna Rodriguez said.