Globe is ramping up its network builds and modernization in Valenzuela City to make internet connectivity available to more residents and empower them with more access to the local government’s various social services through technology.
Boosted by its ongoing partnership with the local government unit (LGU), Globe is planning to install public-based GoWiFi in 35 government-run buildings after installing free, accessible, and reliable connectivity at the Valenzuela City Hall and the People’s Park. It also intends to put up a community-based KonekTayo WiFi in Disiplina Village Ligunan after initial installation in Disiplina Village 1 and 2.
“We always wanted what is best for the people of Valenzuela. Globe’s immediate response was to work with the city to come up with solutions that will definitely make it easier for the city government to serve our constituents better, know their sentiments sooner and care for their concerns faster especially during these challenging times in the new normal,” said Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian.
The partnership likewise aims to provide affordable, accessible, and reliable connections to meet the challenges of remote learning and provide people with access to upskilling and job placement opportunities. To do this, Globe is pushing for the implementation of the Globe Broadband livelihood program in the city, which aims to further create employment opportunities through Globe’s network of partners in the industry.
Globe also committed to extending online responsibility training and education to the citizens in collaboration with the LGU, through Globe’s Digital Thumbprint Program. This is to ensure that netizens of Valenzuela City are protected from online risks and are empowered to act responsibly when accessing the internet.
Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President for Globe Business, said the partnership with the City of Valenzuela is proof that digital tools play an important role in fostering a sense of community.
“More profound than ever, digitalization continues to propel responses to present-day problems. With the local government's active participation in empowering its citizens through various digital initiatives with Globe, we were able to create programs that address these pressing issues,” said Maquera.
Globe has already committed to provide secure and online payment options for real property tax and business permits through its mobile wallet subsidiary GCash. It will also assist Valenzuela City in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout via onsite wireless connectivity for a more efficient and safe program.
The proactive and dynamic leadership from the LGU also helped Globe implement a Viber community that gives Globe Broadband Postpaid customers in the area real-time servicing support, with a technical working group prepared to work out problems, identify issues, and agree on solutions for various concerns affecting the city.
This consolidated approach to help cities with economic recovery and growth through digitalization is part of Globe’s commitment to aid the government in addressing the country’s most pressing social issues; create more resilient communities, especially in times of crisis; and help LGUs become more efficient and productive.
Valenzuela has agreed to expedite local permits for Globe to pursue network improvements in the coming weeks. Since last year, the telco has installed 11 new cell towers and has completed 221 site upgrades in the city.
The company strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9 which highlights 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.