A growing number of Filipino evacuees arriving in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu to escape the ongoing armed conflict in Sabah, can now directly communicate with their families and friends through the Libreng Tawag booths set up by Globe Telecom.
“Most of our “Kababayans” who are arriving from Sabah in batches don’t know anyone in the area. We want to give them, at least, some moments of comfort by getting them connected with their loved ones, relatives and even friends for free thru “Globe Libreng Tawag.” We want to help in our own little way,” said Rob I. Nazal, Head of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Libreng Tawag booths are located in the Red Cross office in the two provinces as well as in the Mahardika Institute of Technology in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. The booths shall be on standby from 6am to 6 pm daily for a week.
More than 500 Filipinos who fled Sabah and took refuge in the Turtle islands arrived in Tawi-Tawi onboard a Navy vessel while hundreds more remain in the evacuation centers in Cenderwasih, Embara Budi, and Fajar Harapan in Felda Sahabat.
It is expected that more Filipinos will be returning to the Philippines in the following days as many of them are undocumented and are afraid of being rounded up by the Malaysian authorities.