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Globe pushes for social good as it celebrates “0916” and “0917”


Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom, which is well known for its “0916” and “0917” prefixes, celebrates September 16 and 17 with the Social Good Summit which will examine the role of technology and new media in addressing difficult challenges that the country faces particularly in the area of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).

Dubbed PH+SocialGood: Manila #2030NOW, the two-day Manila leg of the New York-based initiative to be held at The Mind Museum, will particularly focus on how technology can be used to deal with climate change and the impact it leaves behind; how businesses can transform and empower women; how efforts to collapse the digital divide are helping bring the Internet to everyone; and finally, how people can help ensure that there will be no casualties when the next typhoon comes.

“Telecommunications is a vital component of DRRM, thus, Globe continuously works on ways to limit the impact of any disruption in its operations especially during calamities. It has a business continuity management policy in place which prioritizes the safety of the people and ensures the delivery of products and services even during disasters," said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President, Globe Corporate Communications.

While nothing can provide absolute guarantee that a severely disruptive event will no longer occur, Globe has a commitment to its stakeholders that it is ready to respond to and recover from any incident, including those not anticipated.

For instance, despite the massive damage inflicted by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City which left the area isolated from the rest of the world, Globe network people were fast to respond to the emergency through partial restoration of communications services within two days.

Globe is, likewise, very active in helping communities affected by disasters not only through quick assistance such as Libreng Tawag and charging activities and relief operations but more importantly, by providing them the means to get back on their feet and live normally again.

The company is currently the development sponsor of Aklan, one of the 14 provinces severely hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November last year. Through the project “Bulig 4 Aklan,” Globe has committed to provide education, housing, health, and livelihood assistance to seven affected towns, namely: Libacao, Madalag, Banga, Batan, Altavas, Balete, New Washington.

Globe Telecom is a major sponsor of PH+SocialGood: Manila #2030NOW organized by Rappler, Microsoft, and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy where international and Filipino speakers will talk about their passions and how technology has helped them. Among them are: Praveen Agrawal, Country Director, UN World Food Programme; Kelli Arena, Executive Director, Global Center for Journalism and Democracy; Jackie Chang, Product Partnerships Manager, Facebook; Luli Heras-de Leon, President, Ayala Foundation, Inc.; and Lucille Sering, Vice Chairperson, Climate Change Commission.

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