MANILA-- Globe Telecom has partnered with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to provide free text to any network and calls to Globe and TM to its subscribers in Marawi City for 15 days starting this Thursday to enable residents and soldiers to reconnect with their families.
Through its free service for Globe and TM prepaid customers, residents and soldiers will be able to keep in touch with their friends and loved ones even if they do not have any means of buying prepaid load.
Information and communication are critical in times of crisis and must be available to the public by all means. We are glad to be in the position to bring together Globe and the AFP to make this endeavor possible which we hope would help address the communication requirements of residents and personnel assigned in Marawi as they work on the resolution of the crisis in the area, DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima said.
Maj. . Gen. Jose Tanjuan Jr., J6, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Electronics and Information Systems, said: We would like to thank the DICT led by Secretary Salalima and Globe Telecom for affording us this avenue for our embattled soldiers in Marawi to maintain communication lines with their families and loved ones during this critical time as they defend the republic against lawless elements.
Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said that all Globe and TM prepaid customers in Marawi City will receive a text message within the next few days to inform them about the free promo. The free call and text service will be available to prepaid subscribers and will not include mobile data.
Communication is of extreme importance in any instance of disaster, may it be natural or manmade. As a telecommunications company with a purpose of treating people right, Globe fully supports the AFP and DICT in extending assistance to our fellow Filipinos who are experiencing these challenges by reconnecting them with their families and helping make the situation a little easier to bear, according to Cu.
Meanwhile, Globe, together with former assemblywoman Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, has allocated prepaid load and mobile Wi-Fi devices which can be used by volunteers who are helping Marawi evacuees who are staying in Iligan City. It has also set up various Libreng Tawag and Charging Stations across the city.
At present, some 300-500 Marawi residents are still trapped in the battle zone without any contact to the outside world, while government troops continue to risk their lives in the month-long fight against the Maute terrorist group.
Source: Philippines News Agency