, DECEMBER 27, 2006 (STAR) The Freeman - Officials of Microsoft Philippines yesterday demonstrated to President Arroyo the new initiative the company has undertaken for overseas Filipino workers dubbed "One Follow Me". The initiative allows OFWs from all over the world to communicate with their families here in the country for free.

Antonio Javier, Microsoft Philippines managing director, said that One Follow Me is a project that involves the use of digital technologies such as WiFi, Mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Windows Mobile 5.0 (WiFi/cellular enabled) device. The project is now in the process of implementation.

"Hopefully, this will also enable them to remit money back to the country through a more affordable channel," he added.

Arroyo, who was the guest of honor during the inauguration of Microsoft's Southern Philippines office in Asia Town I.T. Park in Cebu City yesterday, congratulated Microsoft for its initiative of helping OFWs.

Arroyo said that while the project is being undertaken at the end of this year, this also showed a strong signal for the economy in the New Year that would be ushering in soon.

"Next year will be the time to drive our economic gains deeper into the grassroots. It will be the time to rehabilitate our calamity-driven communities. A time to drive our people back to the platform of enterprise. The sense of optimism and hope sends a clear message that the best for our people is yet to come," Arroyo said in her speech. - Gregg M. Rubio

Microsoft awards DepEd Cebu as most innovative division The Freeman 12/27/2006

Officials of the Department of Education in the Province of Cebu received yesterday from President Arroyo the Microsoft Award for Most Innovative DepEd Division in the Visayas.

Arroyo was the guest of honor during the Microsoft inauguration of its Southern Philippines office at Asia Town I.T. Park yesterday.

The Cebu Province Division was recognized as one of the Philippines' innovative DepEd divisions besting over 180 teams all over the country and was awarded with training and technology grants totaling nearly P10 million. Other awardees were Muntinlupa in Luzon and Digos City in Mindanao.

The year-long hunt for outstanding DepEd divisions that have successfully integrated information and communications technology in student teaching and learning curriculum is concluded with the announcement or winners of Microsoft Philippines' Partners in Learning search called "Potensyal: Building the 21st Century School System."

The Cebu Province division is one of the largest in the Visayas with 14,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel. The winning ICT plan that awed judges of the Potensyal search involved creating a Document Tracking System (DTS) for receiving and tracking reports and requests and developing its own website which is interactive with downloadable forms, news and information. This website can be accessed on

The division also has five fully functional ICT Centers, which are equipped with multimedia programs and Internet connectivity to train teachers, administrators and other school personnel. To date, 1,192 teaching and non-teaching personnel have been trained at these ICT Centers. - Gregg M. Rubio

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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