Globe, Gawad Kalinga Unveil Partnership to Power Residents With Affordable Internet

PHOTO CAPTION: Standing from left to right: Janis Racpan, Globe Digital Solutions Group Director; Hon. Arlene Arcilla, Sta. Rosa, Laguna Mayor, Luis Oquiñena, Gawad Kalinga Chairman; Mari Oquiñena, Gawad Kalinga CEO

Globe Telecom formally announced their new partnership with Gawad Kalinga to provide access to high-speed, reliable, and low-cost internet for Gawad Kalinga village residents in Parañaque, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, and Imus, Cavite last December 10.


This recent initiative is part of Globe’s long-standing mission to sustain and develop communities by providing and enhancing internet access for underprivileged Filipinos who have zero or limited access to basic connectivity, which is a critical need for learning, livelihood, and work online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Standing from left to right: Cong. Eric L. Olivarez, Congressman First District of City of Paranaque, Jane Roanne Choi, Business Development Director, Channel Management Group of Globe; Dan Bercasio, Executive Director of Gawad Kalinga

With the active support of the Parañaque, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, and Imus, Cavite local government units, the project allows Gawad Kalinga village residents in the respective areas to connect to the internet through KonekTayo WiFi — for as low as P15 per day, without any need to spend for devices, monthly fees or modems. 


Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO said, “During this time, internet access serves as a vital means for communities, especially for the disadvantaged, to empower them to access health services, livelihood opportunities, financial services, online education, and work from home. We are happy to be partnering with Gawad Kalinga so we can make connectivity within reach for families that need it the most.”


Globe’s KonekTayo WiFi and Gawad Kalinga’s partnership is set to bolster efforts to widen the availability of affordable internet in Gawad Kalinga villages with the deployment of KonekTayo WiFi across various locations in the country which include Quezon City, Laguna, Trece Martires, Cavite, Iloilo City, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, and Cagayan de Oro City.


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Standing from left to right: Hon. Emmanuel L. Maliksi, Imus, Cavite Mayor; Head of New Business of Broadband Business Group, Debbie Obias; Luzon Coordinator of Gawad Kalinga, Bods Oquiñena; Edgar Purification, Gawad Kalinga Head, Cavite

Luis Oquiñena, Gawad Kalinga Chairman remarked, “We thank Globe and KonekTayo WiFi for this partnership that puts community support and nation-building through digital transformation and inclusion. And, of course, we are grateful for the leadership and support of Sta. Rosa, Laguna Mayor Arelene Arcillas; Imus, Cavite Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi; and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, paving the way for this shared vision to come to fruition. By capacitating our residents with an affordable means to connect, we’re able to empower them to meet their everyday needs, whether it is for distance learning, remote working, accessing digital services, or starting their small online businesses.” 


Formerly known as KapitWiFi, KonekTayo WiFi is a fast and secure community WiFi service that aims to provide households with affordable internet. With KonekTayo WiFi, customers simply need to connect to a KonekTayo WiFi hotspot, purchase a promo, and surf all day.


Globe supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically UNSDG No. 9 which emphasizes the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe is committed to upholding the 10 United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.


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