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PLDT, Smart aids LGUs with AI Skills

PLDT and Smart's AI webinar was attended by over 1,500 representatives from various LGUs across the country.

There is no doubt that the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on the rise. As PLDT and Smart recognize the importance of adapting to such technological advancements, they’ve spearheaded an AI 101 webinar for the local government units (LGUs).

Over 1,500 representatives from various LGUs across the country participated in the “AI 101 for LGUs: Building #CyberSmart Communities in the AI World” webinar, where they learned more about the basics of artificial intelligence and opportunities on how to apply AI to improve the delivery of public services.

Elijah Mendoza, Digital Communications Senior Manager at PLDT and Smart, led the talk, provided an overview of AI, and shared tips on how to keep safe and mitigate risks amid AI-aided online scams.

On the other hand, one of the guest speakers, Carlo Valencia, founder of StartUpPH Training, demonstrated how to use sample AI tools and how LGU representatives may use them in their current roles.

Cedrick Zabala, faculty at Western Mindanao State University, also discussed the current landscape of AI use in the Philippines and laid out the challenges and opportunities faced by LGUs in implementing AI in governance. He also shared best practices from Zamboanga City and how LGU is harnessing technology to improve delivery of public services, particularly in enhancing peace and order in the city.

PLDT and Smart’s efforts to aid the digital transformation of LGUs, boost their technological know-how, and build #CyberSmart communities nationwide are aligned with the Group’s broader commitment to support the Government’s overall digitalization thrust. 

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