Globe readies free calls, charging stations for 'Ruby'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2014 07:16 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2014 03:16 AM

MANILA – Globe Telecom has prepared free calling and charging stations in areas expected to be hit by Typhoon Ruby over the weekend.

Globe will be providing the municipalities with mobile phones and prepaid load, which can be used for the “Libreng Tawag” service to affected residents for at least a week.
 
The telecommunications firm has also prepared portable generator sets to be deployed to affected areas in case of power interruption.

The equipment may be used for Globe’s “Libreng Charging” activities to ensure communication in the event of power outages in the affected areas.

“We are empowering the local government units concerned to conduct Libreng Tawag service if the need arises. We are equipping them with emergency communication facilities so that they can do this while our security personnel are focused on ensuring that Globe employees and our systems are safe and intact,” said Fernando Esguerra, director of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.
 
Libreng Tawag stations will be established in Sara and Concepcion, Iloilo; San Jose and Culasi, Antique; Roxas City and Pontevedra, Capiz; Kalibo and New Washington, Aklan; Cadiz and Sagay, Negros Occidental; Sibulan and Tanjay, Negros Oriental; Ormoc, Tacloban, and Maasin, Leyte; Borongan and Guiuan, Eastern Samar; and Bantayan, Bogo, and Danao, Cebu.
 
The centers will be operational within the critical 72 hours after landfall and will start operating even if mobile signal is not affected. If service is disrupted, the centers will operate as soon as communication lines are restored.
 
Globe is also coordinating with other organizations and local government units for possible relief operations.