Globe declared that its rehabilitation projects under OPARR for victims of Typhoon Haiyan are mostly complete. Focusing its rehabilitation and recovery programs in Aklan province, the telecommunications provider is a development sponsor assigned by the Office of Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery.
Through the project “Bulig 4 Aklan,” Globe provided education, housing, health, and livelihood assistance to seven towns in Aklan severely affected by the typhoon. These are the municipalities of Libacao, Madalag, Banga, Batan, Altavas, Balete and New Washington.
“We are very happy to complete the rehabilitation projects in Aklan which benefitted around 200,000 residents. We are hopeful that residents in these areas will continue to strengthen their communities through proactive disaster preparedness and disaster response,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications, as she noted that the Philippines is hit by an average of 20 typhoons every year and most of these weather aberrations cause significant damage to livelihood and infrastructure.
To date, Globe has completed construction of seven Noah’s Ark type of classroom, with each municipality having at least one. A Noah’s Ark type of classroom could be utilized as an evacuation center during calamities as it is equipped with toilet and bath facilities and a kitchen. The structures are located in Altavas Community College Campus, Balete Elementary School, Lapnag Primary School in Banga, Cabugao Elementary School in Batan, Libacao Central Elementary School, Madalag Elementary School and in New Washington Elementary School.
Globe also undertook construction of 39 regular but “built-back-better” classrooms funded from proceeds of the company’s enterprise-wide e-waste management program called 1Phone, as well as from parent-company Ayala Corp.
These classrooms are in Ortega Integrated School (5 units) in Libacao; Altavas Elementary School (2), Altavas National High School (2) and Linayasan Elementary School (2), all in Altavas; Aranas Elementary School (4) and Balete Integrated School (2) in Balete; Ipil Integrated School (4) in Batan; Julita Elementary School (2) in Libacao; Catabana Elementary School (2) and Madalag Elementary School (4) in Madalag town; New Washington Elementary School (4), Don Basilio Refundo Memorial School (4) and Fatima Elementary School (2) in New Washington.
Globe also finished the construction of 40 homes in New Washington in partnership with Gawad Kalinga. Globe distributed 940 shelter kits in Madalag and 600 in Libacao, where another 40 homes were built.
In terms of livelihood, Globe distributed AutoloadMax retailer kits to 100 beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pampamilyang Pilipino Program in Malay. The company also provided livelihood assistance through Custom Made Crafts Center, a non-government organization involved in dye and abaca production. In addition, Globe supported the public service component of Gobyerno sa Baryo, an initiative that brings government services to the barrios through roadshows.