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Converge powers-up ICT learning center in MindoroBy: Converge Admin | 24 Feb 2023
Leading fiber internet provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. has fired up the first Stairway Foundation ICT Learning Center in Brgy. Baclayan, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, fulfilling its commitment to accessible internet for all by serving the needs of unserved and underserved Filipinos.
As part of the company’s campaign for Safer Internet, Converge has extended free internet connectivity and provided learning tablets for the use of the students and members of the Baclayan Mangyan community.
Converge VP for Strategy and Sustainability Bryan King Kay said the project is part of the company’s sustainability commitment of creating positive community impacts and is also in line with the company’s vision to ensure that every Filipino has access to safe, and reliable internet.
“Several years ago, having a reliable internet connection in the Philippines came with a premium and was only reserved for the rich. We at Converge do not want that. We believe that every Filipino should have access to safe, affordable, and dependable internet to enable human rights of access to information and freedom of expression that can help bridge the digital and literacy gap,” King Kay said.
“Stairway Foundation can rest assured that Converge will be here for the long haul. We will continue to work with the foundation and other partners in making the digital highway, or the internet, a safe and better place for everyone, especially for children and other vulnerable groups,” he added.
Stairway Foundation Executive Director Lars Jorgensen said the ICT Learning Center will help raise the level of education in the Mangyan community, providing them with better opportunities to learn in the digital age.
“This is a center for everybody to learn and develop their skills online. Let’s make this a beautiful beginning to something inclusive and constructive for children and community development,” Jorgensen said.
“This partnership with Converge is a huge enabler for us to push for our mission to serve communities like Baclayan. This allowed us to help empower communities and have the communities empower themselves in the process,” Stairway Foundation Child Protection Specialist Ysrael Diloy noted.
Since last year, Converge has been working with the Stairway Foundation in its campaign to foster safer online spaces for Filipino children and help combat various cyber threats such as online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC).
Converge has also been aggressive in its initiatives to protect its network against illicit content, blocking more than 350,000 web addresses related to different types of cybercrime including OSAEC, illegal online gambling, phishing, terrorism, and voyeurism, among others.
The leading fiber broadband provider also enforces its child online safeguarding policy in its commitment to ensuring that its stakeholders, especially children, are given proper digital safety and security in their use of different products and services from Converge.
In line with its commitment to provide accessible internet for all, Converge powered the first Stairway Foundation ICT Learning Center in Brgy. Baclayan, Puerto Galera.
IN PHOTO: Stairway Foundation founders Lars Jorgensen and Monica Ray with Converge VP for Strategy and Sustainability Bryan King Kay (second to the left) and Converge Community Relations Manager Jennifer Ann Ambanta (second to the right).
“Several years ago, having a reliable internet connection in the Philippines came with a premium and was only reserved for the rich. We at Converge do not want that. We believe that every Filipino should have access to safe, affordable, and dependable internet to enable human rights of access to information and freedom of expression that can help bridge the digital and literacy gap,” said Converge VP for Strategy and Sustainability Bryan King Kay during the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Stairway Foundation ICT Learning Center in Brgy. Baclayan, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.
Converge provided free internet connectivity and learning tablets for the use of the students and members of the Baclayan Mangyan community. These will equip the community as they develop their skills in using digital tools, as well as cyber safety, fact-checking, and dealing with misinformation.
Through the said initiative, Converge contributes to Stairway Foundation’s campaign to foster safer online spaces for Filipino children and combat various cyber threats including cyberbullying and online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC), among others.
The Grade 6 students of the Baclayan Mangyan School as they take the Cybersafety e-learning course at the Stairway Foundation ICT Learning Center, powered by the strong and reliable connectivity from Converge.
ABOUT CONVERGE ICT SOLUTIONS, INC.
Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, Inc. (PSE:CNVRG) is the fastest-growing fixed broadband service provider in the Philippines. It is the first to run an end-to-end pure fiber internet network in the country, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable connectivity. Aside from broadband services, Converge also offers integrated data center and network solutions services.
With over 614,000 kilometers of fiber optic assets nationwide, it has one of the most extensive fiber networks in the Philippines.
With this fiber-powered network, Converge provides premium world-class digital experience for residential, enterprise, and wholesale customers. Converge is ISO 9001 and CE2.0 Certified.
Go to www.convergeict.com for more information.
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