As residents of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley continue to suffer from lack of food and clean drinking water due to extensive damage caused by Typhoon Pablo, Globe Telecom decided to intensify its relief operations in the two provinces to help those who are in need.
So far, Globe has assisted almost 5,000 families in Cateel, Baganga, and Boston in Davao Oriental and in New Bataan, Brgy. Aurora, and Brgy. Poblacion in Compostela Valley, two of the hardest hit provinces in Mindanao. Those affected were given noodles, rice, sardines, and bottled water to temporarily ease their thirst and hunger.
“We saw the devastating trail of destruction which Typhoon Pablo left in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. The people there need our help now. So aside from relief operations, Libreng Tawag centers, and ICT support that Globe is providing, we are also encouraging everyone to do his or her share by giving time, effort, or money,” said Rob I. Nazal, Head of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility. Donations can be sent via GCASH electronic wallet by typing DONATEPablo then send to 2882.
Singapore Telecommunication Limited (SingTel) also donated P500,000 to the relief operations through Globe Bridging Communities, the CSR program of Globe.
At the same time, Globe is empowering the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 11 field operations, Department of Education Disaster Risk Reduction Management central office, and Oxfam Philippines with information and communications technology tools such as mobile phones, prepaid load, and TextConnect facility to help them monitor updates from the ongoing operations.
DSWD has also enlisted Globe employee volunteers to help repack goods for distribution similar to what was done for victims of Habagat in August this year.
Earlier, DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman told the volunteers: “For everything that you pack, that would have meant a warm cloth for someone who is cold, filling the stomach of someone who is hungry, assuring a family that they have food in the next three or four days. This may be such a small help but for people who are hungry, it’s a big thing.”
She added: “Kaya nakikita ko na napakahalaga na tuloy-tuloy nating bigyan ng sigla at kusang pagbibigay ng oras at ng lakas, nang sa ganoon, tunay nating maabot ang panaginip ng isang malaya, masaya, at makatarungang Piipinas (That is why I can see how important it is for us to continuously provide energy and voluntarily share our time and strength so that we can truly reach our dream of a free, happy, and just Philippines).”