For Covid response initiatives, a BPO company collaborates with NGOs.

Accenture Philippines, a business process outsourcing (BPO) company, has collaborated with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the nation to launch initiatives that would assist communities to overcome hunger, poverty, and lack of education.

Accenture Philippines managing director Lito Tayag said Tuesday that the firm has collaborated with Caritas Manila, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response initiatives during a press conference.

Last May, Tayag added, the firm committed USD5 million (about PHP240 million) to undertake programs that would assist Filipinos in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic.

“As a responsible company, Accenture is dedicated to making a positive impact on the Philippines’ communities during these trying times. We stand along with our partner organizations, Caritas Manila, PBSP, and PBEd, in the genuine Filipino spirit of Bayanihan, in continuing to do our bit in creating a lasting and inclusive effect for communities in the Philippines,” he added.

Accenture’s collaboration with Caritas Manila includes the distribution of gift certificates to approximately 180,000 households, or roughly a million people, to help them meet their basic requirements.

For the next six months, they will feed 5,000 malnourished children in Metro Manila and surrounding areas in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus.

3,000 people will be trained in entrepreneurial and technical-vocational skills as part of the PBSP initiative.

Through its programs such as Mask4All, Super Carinderia, and Kada-Uno: The Hunger Program Hope Fund in NCR Plus cities and selected provinces in Visayas and Mindanao, the PBSP will also assist in providing livelihood training and assistance to approximately 14,000 families and close to 1,300 individuals.

Accenture’s collaboration with PBEd will roll out Kiddie Learning Train, a volunteer-based community initiative that aims to educate children and bring them up to speed with the Reading, Math, and Science curriculum during this time of the epidemic.

This initiative will assist about 1,000 public school children in kindergarten through third grade.

Accenture also develops initiatives to meet the changing needs of the labor market as the world moves rapidly toward digitization.

The BPO firm is currently launching Skills to Succeed Academy, an online learning program that improves the employability of Filipino youth; digital volunteering platforms that teach Filipino children how to code through Hour of Code and Coder Dojo, help map uncharted areas for disaster relief through Missing Maps, and aid in climate change mitigation through Globe Observer.

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