Globe Telecom provides Mercy Corps with information and communications technology (ICT). Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian organization that implements a cash transfer and financial literacy program for 25,500 households in the Philippines that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda, specifically on the islands of Leyte, Cebu, and Panay.
|From L-R: Globe SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto, Mercy Corps Country Director Erynn Carter, and Ayala Foundation, Inc. Sr. Director for Programs Rowena Lopez|
“Globe Telecom’s vision is to provide financial inclusion for the country’s entrepreneurial poor by giving them access to financial services. At the same time, we want to reach as many disaster victims as possible. This partnership with Mercy Corps assures us that those two objectives are achieved,” said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President, Globe Corporate Communications.
Globe is providing Mercy Corps with ICT solutions that will aid in monitoring the disbursement of funds as well as providing financial literacy advisories to individuals through their mobile phones. The Department of Social Welfare and Development helped select the families that were invited to take part in the program.
“This generous donation from Globe will increase the speed and efficiency with which we can promote economic recovery in areas that were hardest hit by the typhoon,” said Erynn Carter, Philippines country director for Mercy Corps. “Most importantly it will help us promote the long-term financial resilience of affected families.”
Globe Telecom’s donated services include Text Connect subscriptions, Tattoo Myfi sticks, tablets, cellular phones, Globe BridgeCom Affinity SIM cards, and mobile postpaid subscriptions. In addition, Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) is handling the disbursement of funds raised by the Globe-initiated “Bangon Pinoy” program, which serves communities devastated by calamities. AFI envisions communities where people are productive, creative, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipinos.