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Globe Readies Libreng Tawag, Charging, WiFi Services as Taal Emits Volcanic Smog

Globe is all set to deploy its Libreng Tawag, Charging, and WiFi services in Batangas evacuation sites as Taal Volcano continues to release volcanic smog that may endanger residents in the area.


Alert Level 2 or Increased Unrest is maintained over Taal Volcano, which has been restive since its eruption a year-and-a-half ago. Recently, Taal’s main crater was seen emitting high levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2). Exposure to these gasses may cause eyes, throat, and respiratory tract irritation and is especially harmful to people with allergies and lung problems.


As part of its intensified disaster preparedness campaign, Globe assures the public that its technical and support personnel are always on call and that standby generators are ready for use by its facilities to ensure that communications services remain up.


The telco also advised affected residents to stay indoors, store enough food and water, prepare face masks and first aid kits, keep extra batteries for their flashlights, and charge their mobile phones.


Meanwhile, Globe helps the Batangas provincial government in preparing its main evacuation center with items needed by evacuees.


Globe turned over to the provincial government of Batangas more than 1,000 essential supplies composed of blankets, bedsheets, pillows, towels, electric kettles, lamps, among others, in support of the disaster preparedness program of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


“It is our commitment to assist the local and national government especially during calamities and disasters. Whether through the provision of free calls, texts, charging, and internet connectivity, we are ready with relief assistance for our customers, and the affected communities,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.


“Forming partnerships with the business sector and various industries is one of our priority programs to mobilize resources in preventing risk and reducing existing risk. We are amid a pandemic and the threat of another Taal Volcano eruption, so we should keep working together. Efforts from the private sector are most welcome,” said Lito Castro, Head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in Batangas.


Globe, likewise, provides its customers free data access to the website of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology for updates from authorities. The company also reminded Filipinos to only tune into legitimate and trusted websites for the correct information.


For more information, follow GlobeICON on Facebook or visit globe.com.ph for the latest #StaySafePH advisories.


Globe 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. 


To know more about Globe’s sustainability initiatives, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability.html.  


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