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9.21.2014

Globe for Social Good!

Last September 16 and 17, a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world was held here in the Philippines.

Dubbed PH+SocialGood: Manila #2030NOW, the two-day Manila leg of the New York-based initiative took place at The Mind Museum in Taguig. The said conference focused 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.

The event was made possible by Rappler, the country's leading social news network, together with Microsoft, and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy. One of the major sponsors of this event was Globe Telecom, the Philippines' leading telecommunications company, which is also well-known for its “0916” and “0917” prefixes.

Globe Telecom talks about Disaster Risk Reduction during the Social Good Summit in Manila.
“Telecommunications is a vital component of DRRM (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management), 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.

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 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.


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