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Aboitiz InfraCapital, Connected Women complete AI data annotation training of 27 women from Davao City

Press Release

November 28, 2023

Last November 15, 27 women from Davao City’s 2nd District graduated from Aboitiz InfraCapital and Connected Women’s Elevate AIDA (Artificial Intelligence Data Annotation) program pilot batch. Now equipped with skills in data annotation, data cleansing, and sentiment analysis, among others, the graduates are now part of Connected Women’s talent pool for various AI and IT services. 

The graduates were honored in a special graduation ceremony held in Seda Abreeza, Davao City. Representatives from Aboitiz InfraCapital (AIC), Aboitiz Foundation (AFI), Connected Women, and the offices of Davao City’s Vice Mayor Atty. Jay Melchor Quitain, Jr., District 2 Councilor Louie John Bonguyan, and the City Social Welfare and Development Office attended the event.

Elevate AIDA is an AI technology upskilling training program intended to equip underprivileged Filipino women with skills and opportunities to work remotely, thereby helping increase their income and improve their lives. 

“We firmly believe in the Filipinas’ capability to contribute and thrive in the field of IT. Sometimes, they just lack opportunities to do so–and this opportunity is what we want to offer and prepare them for,” AIC President and CEO Cosette V. Canilao said in her message to the graduates delivered in Bisaya.

For its first batch, AIC and Connected Women, through Apo Agua, AIC’s subsidiary, and Davao City’s CSWDO, reached out to women who were interested in learning new skills and having the capacity to work from home in the IT industry. The selected participants underwent 15 days of online lectures, on-the-job training, exercises, and close mentoring. Top performers for these exercises were recognized at the event. 

“This is not a small thing. Now each of our graduates–some of whom are housewives, widowed, or single mothers with limited income capacity–can tell herself that ‘among my other achievements, I am a tech worker’,” Connected Women CEO Agnes Gervacio said.

Milagrosa Laxa, one of the top performers, a widow, and a mother of an aspiring doctor shared, “It is not easy, but life itself is a motivation for me. A mother’s heart motivates me a lot… I am really really happy from the deepest point of my heart that this opportunity came into being… I am hoping that this will be the realization of my daughter’s dream.” 

This batch is just part of a total of 100 women that AIC has committed to support under the Elevate AIDA program. For its next batches of trainees, AIC and Connected Women are planning to expand their reach to benefit more underprivileged women from other districts in Davao.

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