Upgrading the world, one community at a time

It was a day of building dreams and building homes as Microsoft Philippines’ employees teamed up with its longtime partner Gawad Kalinga in upgrading the latter’s growing community in Nueva Ecija.

Upgrading the world. Microsoft Philippines general manager Karrie Ilagan and Microsoft employees join Gawad Kalinga in upgrading a growing community in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.

In celebration of the recent launch of Microsoft Corporation’s Windows 10 operating system, the multinational software firm kicked off the Upgrade Your World campaign, a year-long initiative that aims to acknowledge people and organizations and doing great things and making a difference every day.

Microsoft turns the spotlight on 100 local non-profit organizations in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Heeding the call, the employees of the software firm’s local subsidiary took part in the initiative and dedicated a workday to help build houses in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.


“Gawad Kalinga has taken strides in uplifting Filipino communities all over the country, and we admire the organization for their commitment to uplift the quality of life of Filipinos through the homes and communities that they build,” said Microsoft Philippines general manager Karrie Ilagan.

She added, “But more than building homes for the nation, we admire the importance that not just the organization but the entire municipality of Nueva Ecija places in building a good foundation for a bright future for the youth through education. As Gawad Kalinga strives to build the nation by helping five million Filipino families out of poverty, Microsoft is here to upgrade the world of this rising community in Nueva Ecija.”

Microsoft donated Windows 10 PCs and 100 hours of Internet usage that will help power schools in the GK Village. Employee volunteers and teaching ambassadors helped train educators in this village to maximize their potential as they utilize the new Windows 10 computers for teaching and helping students learn through technology.

For her part, Gawad Kalinga’s Issa Cuevas-Santos expressed how it has been a privilege to be a long-time partner of organizations such as Microsoft that strive “to make it their business to upgrade lives and communities.”

“The poor deserves innovation just as much as anyone else, and they need it more than anyone else. Our partnership with Microsoft helps us build programs that will harness their potential for themselves and for others,” declared Santos.


To know more about #UpgradeYourWorld campaign, visit the Microsoft website. To participate in building a GK community, visit

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