PLDT and Smart Mark 20th year with SWEEP, Inspiring Youth on Tech and Innovation

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PLDT and Smart forge ahead in guiding youth towards the future of technology and innovation. Demonstrating its commitment towards academic and professional excellence, the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program or SWEEP, the first and longest-running industry-academe linkage in the Philippines, is now on its 20th year.

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Chino Atilano, SWEEP alumnus and CEO of TimeFree Innovations, an enterprise software company, join the celebration.

“When we launched SWEEP or the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program in 2003, our dream was to make bold changes in the industry, by promoting a culture of innovation in schools and by encouraging more Filipino students to get into STEM and ICT-related courses,” said Cathy Yap-Yang, FVP and Head of Group Corporate Communications at PLDT and Smart.

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Welcoming partner schools from all over the country, Roderick Santiago, PLDT and Smart Network Head, gave an overview on the future of technology and innovation.

SWEEP has become an avenue for long-term learning and discovery about technology as a catalyst for growth and development among the youth.

“We continue to work closely with the country’s leading colleges and universities. We have likewise succeeded in producing industry-ready graduates to meet the increasingly digital demands of our customers, our communities, and our country,” said Roderick S. Santiago, Head of Network at PLDT and Smart.

SWEEP has become an avenue for long-term learning and discovery about technology as a catalyst for growth and development among the youth.

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SWEEP partner schools participate in the opening activity during the 20th anniversary celebration.

“We believe that continuous learning and exposure to emerging technologies, through SWEEP, can equip the youth towards finding innovative solutions that can help create positive impact for present and future generations,” said Stephanie V. Orlino, AVP and Head of Stakeholder Management Team at PLDT and Smart.  

To officially celebrate SWEEP’s two decades and the program’s milestones, the PLDT Group has just concluded a learning and networking summit called SWEEP@20 and beyond, for its partner schools this month.   

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Network Head Roderick Santiago and Stakeholder Management Head Stephanie Orlino of PLDT and Smart, joined by SWEEP alumnus and TimeFree Innovations CEO Chino Atilano, share how SWEEP changed lives in the last two decades

Providing a peek into the future, PLDT and Smart has discussed more about how 5G, AI or artificial intelligence, XR or extended reality, cloud computing, and advanced networks can help create a sustainable and more inclusive world for all Filipinos and leave no one behind.

Through the years, PLDT and Smart has underscored the value of inclusive learning and industry-academe linkages like SWEEP, particularly to promote STEM education in the country. This commitment also supports UNSDG #4: Quality Education and is aligned with the vision of the Philippine Government-mandated Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC). As one of the founding members under the Digital Infrastructure pillar of PSAC, PLDT aims to help narrow the digital divide by creating more STEM experts and upskilling more Filipinos toward jobs of the future. 

Further information can be obtained by visiting www.pldt.com

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