Globe gives Free data access to government sites for COVID-19 concerns

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Globe is giving free data access to PHIVOLCS, DOH, and NDRRMC.

Globe Telecom is giving the public free data access to government sites of the Department of Health (DOH), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) to address the need for reliable information at this time of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines with the COVID-19 outbreak and the volcanic activity of Taal Volcano.

Globe is making the free data service available to all its mobile and prepaid home WiFi subscribers.

“With the current news on COVID-19, it is crucial to get reliable updates on this. This prompted Globe to act by making data access to the websites of DOH, PHIVOLCS and NDRRMC available for free to its mobile and prepaid home WiFi customers,” announced the Filipino telecommunications company on March 10, 2020.

Globe says it made this move “to counter fake news on COVID-19 and Taal volcano status”.

Globe cites the “numerous conflicting reports about the origin, effects, and reach of COVID-19 ranging from the absurd to the plausible. Likewise, there are varying information on the status of Taal volcano and the affected cities and barangays. The situation often leaves people confused and sometimes, in panic.”

“As a public service, we want to direct our customers to the proper sources of information about COVID-19 and Taal volcano status so that they won’t be misled by fake news which may only cause unwarranted fear. Hopefully, this will encourage them to visit the right websites and not rely on data that may not have been validated or recognized as true,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications.

Globe Prepaid/TM customers may access the three websites:

  • even if they have no load
  • The websites, however, will load faster if there is an existing data plan or promo but this will not incur any deduction in mobile data allowance.
  • Globe customers only need to turn on their smartphone’s mobile data and ensure that they are connected to a Globe 4G or LTE network.
  • The same applies to Globe’s Home Prepaid WiFi.

To access the sites for free, customers may type the following on any internet browser or click on the following links:

University of the Philippines scientists developed a COVID-19 Test Kit that is now FDA-approved for local use while an Ateneo-developed virgin coconut oil derivative as COVID-19 cure is being tested in Singapore.

The University of the Philippines also opened its portal on Taal Volcano data for public use.

Globe Telecom in partnership with the Bank of the Philippine Islands has also provided free WiFi to help micro and small entrepreneurs.

SEND CHEERS to Globe Telecom for this initiative to help the public access official information at this time of public health emergency in the Philippines due to the COVID-19 outbreak!

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Aurora Quadra-Balibay
Angie is a self-confessed reformed news critic who vows she has finally found infinite value in delivering the good news. She teaches students of all ages how to make the important interesting for audiences across media platforms.