With the theme Together 4 Teachers, Appreciation, Admiration, Approval, Attention, CBS, through its APD Lending Group, continues to support DepEd in this annual endeavor, allocating P8M pesos worth of exciting prizes and giveaways for participating colleagues and teachers.
The prizes include: ten (10) 32-inch Samsung smart TV sets, thirty-five (35) Dell laptops, twenty (20) Honda
Click 125i motorcycles, one brand-new Toyota Raize, and one brand-new Toyota Innova.
The Bank recognizes the passion and dedication of the Filipino teacher community.
Over the years, CBS implemented programs for the benefit of teachers and students in the public school system.
These include the CBS DepEd Venture Alay sa mga Guro and Financial Wellness Road Show, Brigada Eskwela, Brigada Pagbasa, and the CBS Gadget Assistance Program.
As part of its nation-building initiatives geared towards financial inclusivity, the Bank on-boarded and opened free basic deposit accounts for 32,000 public school teachers via the CBS Go app.
These digital accounts will help teachers nationwide grow their savings and easily conduct transactions online.
“Given the challenges of our teachers’ profession, they truly deserve Appreciation, Admiration, Approval, and Attention from the community whose children they continue to mold into upright citizens of the nation. CBS China Bank Savings is truly grateful to be part of this initiative to celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the mission of public education”
CBS China Bank Savings First Vice President and ADP Lending Group Head Niel Jumawan said.
“On behalf of CBS China Bank Savings, it is an honor and privilege to serve our nation’s educators. We sincerely believe that by extending support to our public-school teachers, as well as to our
education system, we are helping Build a strong, resilient, and well-educated generation that will rise amidst the challenges of the changing global landscape” CBS China Bank Savings President James Christian T. Dee said.
CBS China Bank Savings has 257 locations nationwide. This includes 165 branches, 92 lending centers, and ‘branch lites.’ Its ATM network ranks the second largest in the thrift bank category in the Philippines, with 198 locations.
As the retail lending arm of China Banking Corporation, CBS is
committed to providing for the financing needs of the SME sector and retail customers, as well as improving the quality of life of the communities it serves, with the promise of “Easy Banking for You.”
The Globe Group showcased its innovative approach to addressing the effects of climate change at the recent GSMA M360 Asia Pacific conference. The event, which took place for the first time in Seoul, South Korea, brought together industry leaders from across the region to discuss the future of mobile technology and its impact on the economies of Asia Pacific countries.
Rofil Sheldon Magto, Senior Manager for Regional Communications at Globe, emphasized the company's commitment to addressing climate-related challenges. He joined other renowned speakers during a panel discussion about the role of the mobile industry in fostering resilience to disasters titled "What’s Next in the Connected World? - ‘Enhanced Connectivity for tomorrow.’"
“The Globe Group understands that technology plays a vital role in mitigating the impacts of disasters. However, we also acknowledge that we cannot do it alone and addressing these challenges requires a combination of innovation, governance, and strong multi-stakeholder partnerships,” he pointed out.
Magto also underscored the importance of collaboration in addressing climate risks.
“Public-private partnerships (PPPs) play a significant role in mitigating disaster risks by incorporating robust disaster risk management practices and offering opportunities to pool resources, expertise, and experience. This collaboration helps facilitate immediate access to information and enable swift response to affected communities, as outlined by the principles of the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter,” he said, referring to the GSMA document that signifies the commitment of 160 mobile network operators from 112 countries to improved access to communication and information in support of humanitarian response.
Magto noted that the Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to disasters, with multiple typhoons visiting annually, and risks of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, among others. Such risks are amplified by disinformation, fueled by heavy social media use among Filipinos.
Kimberly Brown, Head of the GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation programme, affirmed the key role the mobile industry plays in fostering disaster resilience.
“Mobile operators, such as Globe, are instrumental in disseminating life-saving early warnings. They are also at the forefront of leveraging emerging technologies, such as responsible AI by design, to improve how societies prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters,” she said.
Globe's approach to climate-related challenges includes the deployment of early warning systems and monitoring in collaboration with various agencies. In 2021, the company, in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), launched the G-Climate platform, which uses predictive analytics and weather data to improve business resilience during disasters.
Globe has also been proactive in emergency response and disaster recovery. It deploys booths offering free mobile and internet access in calamity-stricken areas. Globe also uses its donation platforms to gather nationwide support, with funds sent to non-government organization (NGO) partners to provide immediate relief. Globe also offers free access to verified government websites that provide information on emergencies.
Additionally, Globe has equipped local government units with the M360 platform, offering free SMS blast services for 30 days to aid in disaster relief and recovery operations. The company also ensures that its cell sites and data centers are resilient enough to withstand Category 5 typhoons and are equipped with hybrid solar generators for backup power.
The GSMA is a global organization unifying over 1,000 mobile operators and businesses across the ecosystem and related industries to advance innovation and reduce inequalities around the world.
At the GSMA M360 APAC conference, attendees delved into how digital technologies and services are integrating into every sector of the economy, offering both new use cases and long-term sustainable solutions. The event also featured speakers from Ookla, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison and Tony Blair Institute for Global Change on how mobile innovations will improve people's lives.
Globe's participation in the GSMA M360 APAC conference underscores its commitment to leveraging technology, governance, and partnerships to address the challenges posed by climate change and ensure a resilient future for all.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.
- Gives millions of unbanked Filipinos access to benefits of having a payment card
The Philippines’ leading finance super app, GCash, teams up with global payments leader Visa to introduce the new GCash Card – giving millions of unbanked Filipinos access to the benefits of owning a payment card.
“GCash is giving every Filipino, whoever or wherever they are, the benefits of owning a card, especially those with no bank accounts or documents typically required to apply for a card. These include Filipinos with informal sources of incomes like freelancers and independent professionals as well as micro and small enterprises,” said Ren-Ren Reyes, president and CEO of G-Xchange, the mobile wallet operator of GCash.
With the new GCash Card, more Filipinos, especially those busy with the daily hustle, can have access to another cashless payment option which they can use for their everyday expenses like groceries, restaurants, and transportation. The GCash Card can be used by customers to shop securely online on their favorite websites and apps. They can also use the card in physical retail stores simply by tapping or inserting the card in terminals.
“The new card powered by Visa unlocks more payment options for GCash users as they can use it at over 100 million merchants in the Philippines and across the world,” noted Reyes.
Any fully verified user can now order their own GCash Card powered by Visa through the app, without additional documents or approvals.
The launch of GCash Card’s aim is “Dahil Kaya All with the Card for All”, providing Filipinos with numerous benefits similar to those enjoyed by those with bank accounts, such as quick ATM withdrawals locally and abroad.
Powered by Visa’s global reach, the card can also be used for payments overseas in over 200 countries and territories, at over 100 million merchants. This gives traveling GCash Card users and overseas Filipinos another secure and convenient way of paying abroad – whether it be in restaurants, hotels, retail shops, convenience stores, ride-hailing apps and other transport services, as well as other merchants who accept Visa as payment.
Jeff Navarro, Visa’s Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam, said, “We are very happy to partner with GCash to provide the GCash Card to Filipinos, which paves the way to better financial inclusion. With the card’s contactless capability, it enables Filipino shoppers, especially those who don’t usually pay with cards, to shop conveniently and securely, joining millions around the world who have been tapping to shop, dine, and travel.”
Users who have availed of the GCash Card will also have access to GInsure, where they can get free insurance of up to Php20,000 coverage for unauthorized transactions for the first 30 days after activation. This also includes the Php185 price for card replacement in the event of accidental loss or damage to the card, as well as the shipping fee of up to Php225.
To order, users can open their GCash app, go to ”View all”, and find the “Manage” section. Click on “Cards” and tap “Order a GCash Card”. To know more, visit GCash at https://www.gcash.com.
The Philippines has the potential to be the next key data center hub in Southeast Asia, said Ernest Cu, Globe Group President and CEO, as he cited the company’s venture into the data business with the intent to own the space in the next few years.
In an interview with Bloomberg Singapore, Cu noted that the country is strategically positioned to capitalize on the shifting dynamics in the region. With Hong Kong's geopolitical situation and Singapore's capacity limitations, the Philippines is increasingly seen as an attractive location for hyperscalers.
"Location-wise, we are in the middle of Southeast Asia, not far from most capitals in the ASEAN. With the added connectivity, with the added data center capacity, we believe that the Philippines will become a great alternative now for the many hyperscalers that have to serve the region," said Cu.
In catering to these hyperscalers, Globe has already taken proactive steps through ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (Philippines), a joint venture between Globe, Ayala Corporation, and Singapore-based ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC).
"We started off by looking for a very capable partner in STT GDC. They share our vision and optimism about the market, and so we're building our data centers that will be located throughout the Philippines. The largest of these centers will be in Fairview, Quezon City, and is expected to be online in the first quarter of 2025,” he shared.
Cu said construction of the Fairview site is progressing as planned. With a capacity of 124MW, it is touted to be the largest, most interconnected, sustainable, and carrier-neutral data center campus in the country upon completion.
Earlier, STT GDC Philippines also revealed aggressive expansion plans across its three existing data centers located in Makati, Cavite, and Quezon City. With a combined capacity expansion of 5.2MW set for the third quarter of this year, the company is poised to surpass the capacity of most single data centers locally.
To support hyperscalers, Globe is also building two more landing stations on the eastern and western coasts of the Philippines which can accommodate submarine cables that are coming into the country. These submarine cables provide various means of connectivity such as voice, data, and Internet.
“We've got a tremendous number of people, population-wise, that live in these regions, and we have to be served by the hyperscalers. The adoption of cloud is also growing in the region. So we think that there's going to be a huge demand for data centers,” Cu added.
As the digital landscape of the Philippines continues to evolve, Globe is committed to being a pivotal part of this transformation, ensuring that the nation is well-equipped to handle the digital future.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.
In an era where connectivity has become an essential part of life, you deserve a partner that not only provides unparalleled service but also understands your evolving needs. Globe stands tall as that partner, leading the way in the mobile industry and ensuring that every step you take in the digital world is supported, secure, and seamless.
Dive in to discover why Globe is the mobile leader you've been searching for.
1. Reliable Mobile Network
Have you faced those frustrating moments of dropped calls or slow internet? With Globe, those moments are a thing of the past. Recognized as the Most Reliable Mobile Network in the Philippines by Ookla® five times in a row, Globe ensures that your call and online experiences are smooth and uninterrupted. Whether you're working from home, attending an online class, or simply streaming your favorite show, Globe has got you covered.
2. Quality Beyond Comparison
You're top-tier, and so should the services you receive. Globe's recognition as the Philippines' Strongest Brand by Brand Finance is a testament to its commitment to serving you with nothing but the best. From expanding 5G services to introducing innovative tech solutions across various sectors, Globe ensures you're always ahead of the curve.
3. A Vision for a Sustainable Tomorrow
Your concerns about the environment are Globe's concerns too. As a recognized Climate Leader by Financial Times and Statista, Globe is at the forefront of sustainable solutions, from green network initiatives to renewable energy adoption. With a goal of zero GHG emissions by 2050, Globe is supporting a sustainable future for you and the generations to come.
4. A Brand That Values Your Voice
The accolades from the Consumer Choice Awards by Standard Insights aren't just trophies on a shelf; they're proof that Globe listens to you. From network reliability to sustainable practices, your feedback shapes Globe's direction.
5. Building Bonds That Last
Trust isn't given, it's earned. The high endearment ratings for Globe and its affiliate, GCash, in the PAHAYAG survey by PUBLiCUS Asia, show that they provide more than connectivity services, they’ve formed meaningful connections with you, too.
Globe isn't just a service provider but a partner in your journey. From ensuring reliable connectivity to championing sustainability, from valuing your feedback to building trust, Globe is all about enhancing your everyday experiences. Because at the end of the day, what matters to you matters to Globe.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.
Disclaimer: Reliability based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data for all tech Consistency and Availability data in the Philippines based on Q2 through Q4 2022, Q1 2023 & Q2 2023. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.
To protect customers and ensure undisrupted internet connectivity, Globe has boosted its collaboration with local government units and law enforcement authorities in areas with the highest incidence of cable theft.
This is in line with efforts to continue to clamp down on such crime, which have already led to a significant decline in cases, from 1,876 recorded from January to May 2022 to 746 cases in the same period this year– a 60% drop, per Globe data.
Globe has been working closely with local authorities in these areas of concern, with the following cases logged according to Globe data: Cebu City, with 498 cases; Quezon City, with 171 cases (Project 8 with 103, Novaliches with 68); Manila, which recorded 161 incidents; Mandaue City, Cebu, with 118; Valenzuela City, with 73; Malabon, with 67; Pasig City, with 64; and Liloan and Consolacion, Cebu, each with 62 cases.
“Cable theft is a criminal act punishable by law. We work together with authorities and communities to combat this illegal activity to ensure undisrupted service. With consistently available connectivity, we will be able to support our customers in education, work and livelihood, and provide critical communication services in case of disasters and other emergencies,” said Raymond Policarpio, Vice President of Globe At Home Broadband Business.
“As part of its proactive approach to addressing cable theft, Globe continuously collaborates with our partner local government units and local law enforcement agencies so that together, we can bring a holistic solution to this problem. We look forward to stronger cooperation with our partners to bring cable theft numbers further down,” said Patrick Gloria, Vice President for External Affairs.
Other than cable theft, Globe also continues to log other incidents of stolen assets in various facilities. In the first half of the year, Globe recorded 1,545 incidents, including the theft of batteries, fuel and other electronics and facility hardware. Due to these incidents, Globe recorded 207 outages as of May 2023 in 124 sites.
Globe has been intensifying its campaign against cable theft through its Bantay Kable Program, together with the PNP and LGUs, over the past several years.
In August 2022, Globe joined an industry-wide initiative dubbed “Oplan Kontra Putol” to inform the public about illegal cable cutting together with other cable and telecom providers in the country. The group calls upon law enforcement agencies to implement Republic Act No. 10515, also known as the Cable Theft Act, which has criminalized intentional cable cutting.
To further discourage unscrupulous persons from targeting copper wires, the company has been replacing copper wires with Fiber which ensures access to fast and reliable internet. Unlike copper, fiber optic cables have no resale value and are not accepted in junk shops.
The public may report cable theft incidents to the Globe Security Hotline: 0917 6888545 (nationwide), 0906 3244626 (Visayas) and 09177915794 (Mindanao), and the PNP hotline 911, which is accessible through both landline and mobile.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.
- Top PH e-wallet can now be used to pay merchants accepting Alipay+ and AlipayCN
GCash, the Philippines’ leading finance super app, doubles down on its presence in Singapore as it can now be used as a cashless payment option in both Alipay+ and Alipay China-enabled (AlipayCN) merchants.
This further expands GCash’s availability in one of the most famous destinations in Southeast Asia. It has already been accepted by Alipay+ merchants in 2022, but now GCash can also be used to pay in select AlipayCN establishments. Some of these merchants include 7-Eleven, which has the largest convenience store network in the country at 450 branches; the largest orange juice vending machine operator, iJooz; the exclusive distributor of duty-free cosmetic products, The Shilla Duty-Free; and the largest taxi operator, ComfortDelGro taxis.
“GCash is committed to always being there for our millions of users wherever they are here in the Philippines and all over the world. Thanks to our global partner Alipay+, GCash users can now go cashless in thousands more touchpoints in Singapore,” said Ren-Ren Reyes, president and CEO of GCash mobile wallet operator, G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI).
Aside from expanding its touchpoints, GCash is also making it rewarding for users to go cashless in Singapore. When they use GCash to pay in 7-Eleven, iJooz, and hawkers like Lau Pa Sat they can get PHP 85 off from their purchase. Likewise, users can enjoy up to PHP400 off at ComfortDelGro taxi rides and their shopping at The Shilla Duty-Free stores. To claim these vouchers, head on over to the GCash app and tap the “A+ Rewards” button. In the dropdown button, select Singapore and scroll down to select a voucher to purchase.
Get PHP 85 off by purchasing PHP 5 voucher 7-Eleven, iJooz, and hawkers like Lau Pa Sat
Get PHP 400 off by purchasing PHP 50 voucher ComfortDelGro Taxi, The Shilla Duty-Free
When paying for your purchases at these destinations, be sure to look for the Alipay+ or AlipayCN logo at the checkout. Open your GCash app and select the QR or PayQR button at the bottom of the screen. Scan the merchant’s QR code, or tap “Pay Abroad with Alipay+ or AlipayCN” to have the merchant scan your generated QR. Then, check the amount and click “Pay” to see the receipt.
GCash is continuously expanding its international footprint in partnership with Alipay+. Aside from Singapore, the Philippine e-wallet can be used to pay in select Alipay+-enabled merchants across Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Qatar, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy.
“Our users can expect GCash to further expand its global reach as we partner with more merchants in more countries,” Reyes said.
The Philippine finance super app is also making its services available to more Filipinos who live abroad as the GCash app can now be used with international numbers in the US, UK, Canada, Japan, Italy, and Australia.
The country's number one finance super app, GCash, is once again in the international spotlight after receiving four honors from the world's premier business awards, the Stevie Awards. These accolades solidify GCash's reputation as an exceptional employer on both the local and global scene and highlight its unwavering dedication to fostering a proactive and supportive work environment.
GCash proudly takes home the Gold Award for 'Employer of the Year (Financial Services)' and the Silver Award for 'Achievement in Employee Engagement.' Additionally, it has secured two Bronze Awards in 'Achievement in Benefits Design and Administration' and 'Recruiting or Talent Acquisition Team of the Year'. The finalists were selected based on the average scores of over 100 seasoned professionals who meticulously judged the entries over the course of a month.
The Stevie Awards is one of the world's most coveted accolades. Each year, it receives more than 12,000 submissions from organizations hailing from more than 70 countries. For this year's competition, it evaluated over 1,000 nominations from organizations representing 28 nations. The ultimate winners were determined through rigorous assessments by more than 125 professionals who served as judges in a comprehensive one-month process.
"This recognition is a testament to GCash's unwavering commitment to creating an environment where our employees can thrive and contribute their best. We are truly honored to be acknowledged as a top employer," says GCash chief people officer Robert Gonzales.
Likewise, GCash also received four awards at the recently concluded 2nd Annual HR Excellence Awards in the Philippines: two silver awards for Excellence in Leadership Development and Excellence in Total Rewards Strategy, as well as two bronze awards for Excellence in Talent Acquisition and the most coveted Employer of the Year. For consistently promoting the values of inclusivity, teamwork, and leadership in the workplace, GCash also earned the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Certification after employees gave high scores to their employer and workplace.
GCash's triumph in these prestigious awards extends far beyond mere recognition. It elevates the company's status as an employer of choice and strengthens its ability to nurture talent by creating an inclusive and competitive working environment. Participating in the Stevie Awards also serves as a heartfelt expression of gratitude to the valued employees who have played an instrumental role in making GCash the country’s no. 1 finance super app.
GCash was also honored earlier this year by LinkedIn, HR Asia, and Great Place to Work, highlighting GCash's dedication to providing a healthy and supportive work environment.
For more information, visit www.gcash.com.ph.
Leading digital solutions platform Globe is taking a significant step forward in its sustainability journey with Energize 2023, a two-day summit for employees and industry partners that seeks to instill an energy-conscious mindset within the organization and its value chain.
Energize: The Globe Energy & Power Summit 2023 serves as a cornerstone in enabling a greener future through renewable energy and efficiency. It features discussions and on-ground product demos on green network and building solutions, aiming to educate Globe employees to embrace industry best practices.
Set on October 3-4, the event brings together Globe leaders, employees, industry partners, energy suppliers, and representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). Participants get the opportunity to delve deep into various knowledge areas related to energy management, renewable sources, the energy industry and market, and energy efficient innovations.
The summit's agenda is packed with insightful activities, including a talk on Globe’s Net Zero milestones and its alignment with both national and global sustainability goals. It also offers attendees an experiential walkthrough, showcasing the green network and building solutions that have earned Globe the title of the Most Sustainability Driven Network in the Philippines. Plenary talks cover a wide range of topics, from understanding electricity bills to updates on the power industry and the regulatory environment.
"Globe works with its partners towards a shared vision for an energy efficient and sustainable tomorrow. Energize 2023 is a reflection of our commitment to greener operations. While we celebrate our milestones, we know there's much more to achieve. We recognize that sustainability is everybody’s responsibility so we will continue to embed energy efficiency within our operations and educate our employees to practice the same,” said Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Chief Finance Officer.
Globe's commitment to sustainability is evident in its recent accolades. The company has been recognized as the Most Sustainability Driven Network Operator and the company with Best Network Reliability in the Philippines in 2023 by Standard Insights.
The Globe Group's dedication to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles has also led to its recognition in four categories at the Environmental recent Finance Sustainable Company Awards 2023. These include Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year in APAC, Net Zero Progression of the Year in APAC, Sustainability Reporting of the Year in APAC, and Large Enterprise of the Year in APAC.
With initiatives such as Energize 2023, Globe continues to pave the way for a sustainable future, emphasizing the importance of collective action in achieving global sustainability goals.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.
(L-R) William Ignacio, Globe's Head of Program Delivery and Strategy, Dr. Henry Leen Magahis, OIC and Principal of Enzo Zobel Foundation-Senior High School, Oscar Visaya, Country General Manager for Palo Alto Networks Philippines)
Leading digital solutions platform Globe and global cybersecurity leader Palo Alto Networks recently handed over 1,000 Cyberlite Activity Workbooks to the E. Zobel Foundation (EZF) under the telco’s Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP), which aims to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenship and security. In partnership with Cyberlite Books, the cyber safety workbooks will be distributed to elementary and high school students under EZF’s network of public schools in Calatagan, Batangas.
Globe's Head of Information Security Program Delivery and Strategy William Ignacio represented the company during the formal turnover at the Enrique Zobel Technological (EnzoTech) Center, where he was joined by Oscar Visaya, Palo Alto Networks’ Country Manager for the Philippines, Violeta Mira, Public Schools District Supervisor for the Division of Calatagan, and Dr. Henry Magahis, Officer-in-Charge and Principal of EZF-Senior High School.
Students remain heavily reliant on online platforms and social media for academic requirements despite schools returning to a face-to-face setup for a year post-pandemic. However, these digital tools pose potential threats to children’s online safety as they are unlikely to recognize threats like compromised links, phishing, and malware, per the Asian Foundation's 2022 study.
The youth also struggle to judge shareable online information, putting them at risk amid persistent phishing attacks on social media, as reported in Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 Network Threat Trends Research Report.
The donation embodies Globe, Palo Alto Networks, and the E. Zobel Foundation's partnership. It symbolizes a concerted effort to lay down a path for the youth to traverse the digital landscape with confidence, knowledge, and responsibility in alignment with the common vision and values of the three partners.
“Our partnership with Palo Alto Networks has been part of our long-standing commitment to our customers to ensure their online safety, especially through our channels. This latest collaboration with E. Zobel Foundation strengthens our collaborative efforts in fostering a secure digital environment for Filipino students, teachers, and parents. We're investing in technology and instilling a sense of responsibility within our youth,” Ignacio said.
Palo Alto Networks shares Globe’s sentiment on cyber safety. As Visaya said: “We are thrilled to align ourselves with Globe and the E. Zobel Foundation in this critical endeavor. Our mission has always been to protect our digital way of life, and these cyber safety booklets will be a stepping stone in achieving that goal. It embodies our values of disruption, execution, collaboration, integrity, and inclusion.”
Palo Alto Networks is a globally recognized partner of Globe’s Information Security and Data Privacy (ISDP) team, and together they help ensure the safety of Globe's millions of customers.
Meanwhile, the E. Zobel Foundation, established in 1990, was founded by the late Don Enrique Zobel, who believed that “through education, there is hope for a better life.”
“Education is our strongest weapon against the challenges of the digital world. We deeply appreciate the contributions of Globe and Palo Alto Networks. These cybersafety booklets will serve as an important guide for our students to help them become more responsible and empowered digital citizens,” Magahis said.
Since 2016, Globe has been educating the younger generation on digital citizenship and responsible use of technology through DTP and was eventually integrated by the Department of Education (DepEd) into the K-12 curriculum to bolster its existing modules around digital literacy.
Globe also launched the #MakeITSafePH campaign in 2017 to further promote and raise awareness on responsible and mindful online behavior among the public. In 2022, they launched a new platform makeitsafe.ph for parents and students to equip themselves against cyberbullying better.
For the latest news and updates, you may visit our website at https://www.globe.com.ph/
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Mynt, the holding company of the Philippines’ number one finance super app, GCash, has entered into an agreement with Globe Telecom Inc. and Payment One, Inc. to acquire a 100% stake in Electronic Commerce Payments, Inc. (ECPay), for PHP3.0 billion.
(L-R) Jasmin Montelibano, President and CEO of ECPay, Martha Sazon, President and CEO of Mynt, Issa Cebreira, Chief Commercial Officer of Globe Group, and Jude Aguilar, President, Payment One, Inc.)
Mynt believes its acquisition of ECPay will strengthen its position as a partner for growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME). This also allows Mynt to create a more comprehensive suite of solutions that can help drive financial progress for MSMEs.
“Mynt, through its fintech subsidiaries, has already built the largest digital ecosystem for our users which extends all the way to the grassroots level. ECPay is a big boost to our financial inclusion journey as we find synergies with their 570 Biller and Portfolio partners, 490,000+ over-the-counter channels and 3000+ digital touchpoint channels,” said Mynt President and CEO Martha Sazon.
To date, GCash’s merchant and social seller base is around 6 million. Cash-in and cash-out outlets are at 732,000, and small-scale community outlets are at 935,000.
Incorporated in 2001, ECPay is a leading electronic payment service provider in the Philippines. It was acquired by Globe in 2019 to enhance its distribution network. ECPay enables merchant partners to process bills payments, electronic prepaid mobile phone top-ups, electronic pins, e-wallet & cash card reloading, airline ticket payments, online shopping payments, and credit card payments in their various over-the-counter and digital partners.
Upon closing of the transaction, Mynt will drive synergy by combining the best practices and capabilities of both GCash and ECPay. ECPay will, in turn, benefit from GCash’s rich experience and extensive network, enabling it to extend its market reach and explore new growth avenues.
The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024.
Globe congratulates its ambassador, tennis sensation Alex Eala, for making history for the flag anew after winning two bronze medals in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, the country’s first podium finish in tennis in the regional tilt in 16 years.
Eala scored a double bronze win in her Asiad debut ending the country’s nearly two-decade tennis medal drought in women's singles. She then clinched another bronze with Francis Casey Alcantara in the mixed doubles event.
Eala’s wins mark the first time the Philippines won two medals in tennis in the Asian Games since 2006, when Filipino American Cecil Mamiit won two medals in the men's singles and doubles.
“We are overwhelmed with pride over another historic feat that our ambassador, Alex Eala, has accomplished for the flag. She is the epitome of what hard work, grace and determination can achieve. At such a young age, she has rewritten the country’s sports history as she continues to achieve personal milestones,” said Ernest Cu, Globe Group President and CEO.
A Globe ambassador since age 8, Eala has landed historic wins for the Philippines. She clinched the 2022 grand slam singles championship at the US Open Juniors, and has so far won four pro titles in the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the 2021 French Open Girls' Doubles tournament, and the Australian Open Girls’ Doubles in 2020.
Apart from these, Eala won three bronze medals in the singles, women’s team play and doubles events in her Southeast Asian Games debut last year.
GCash expressed its full support for the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) Resolution No. 10946, also known as "Kontra-Bigay", ahead of the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
Officials from the fintech company attended the campaign’s launch at the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, earlier in September. The launch was also attended by distinguished representatives from lead agencies such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), Public Attorney's Office (PAO), Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), Department of Education (DepEd), as well as prominent election-focused NGOs like National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and Legal Network For Truthful Elections (LENTE).
COMELEC Resolution No. 10946 aims to combat online vote buying and selling by establishing a Kontra-Bigay Committee and expanding the existing vote-buying regulations under the Omnibus Election Code and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, as well as the other rules and regulations issued by COMELEC.
One of the most significant highlights of the newly passed resolution is its recognition of online banking transactions and the use of e-wallets as potential channels for vote buying under Section 30. During the launch, COMELEC emphasized its authority to scrutinize the financial details of account holders suspected of involvement in such illicit activities.
“GCash reiterates its unwavering commitment to cooperate fully with the COMELEC in the fight against online vote buying. The company recognizes the critical role fintech companies play in safeguarding the integrity of elections by preventing the misuse of digital financial tools for unlawful purposes,” said Martha Sazon, president and chief executive officer of GCash.
GCash believes that fostering transparency, accountability, and trust in financial transactions is paramount to ensuring fair, honest, and inclusive elections that reflect the people's will.
"We remain committed to upholding the highest standards of transparency and security in financial transactions and will actively support the COMELEC in their efforts to maintain a level playing field for all candidates and voters,” added Sazon.
As the country’s no. 1 finance super app, GCash embraces its responsibility in ensuring that not only finance but also democracy, is for all.
Globe is setting a new standard in championing a socially-conscious celebration of G Day month as it integrates the Hapag Movement in on-ground events, encouraging its customers to support the cause against hunger.
The Hapag Movement is a Globe-led initiative against involuntary hunger that leverages technology and partnerships to support 100,000 vulnerable Filipino families through supplemental feeding and livelihood training, with the help of mobilization partners Ayala Foundation, Inc., Caritas Philippines, Scholars of Sustenance Philippines, Tzu Chi Foundation, and World Vision.
"By embedding the Hapag Movement's mission into our activities, we aim to spotlight the pressing challenges of food insecurity and unemployment, rallying collective action among Filipinos. It's essential for us to use our platform not just to connect people but to also bridge societal gaps, ensuring that as we celebrate, we also elevate the lives of those in need,” said Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer at the Globe Group.
Globe Rewards redemption activities highlighted the Hapag Movement at G Music Fest, an all-OPM concert and art festival held on September 16 at Circuit Makati, which drew an attendance of around 12,000.
Contributions to the Hapag Movement were made through the following activities at the music festival:
● Get your own Gudi Drip Keychain - PHP10
● Drip Slash Activity - PHP30
● Entry at the G Music Fest BallPit - PHP1
● Sketch to Life Activity - PHP5
● Live Mural -PHP1
Additionally, all proceeds from the 1 Rewards Point Flash Sale on Food and Beverages were directed to the Hapag Movement.
On September 17, the G Creator Con, an event that championed Filipino creativity, also allowed attendees to support the Hapag Movement using their Rewards points.
The G Creator Studio introduced a "Donate to Reserve" initiative where PHP5 went directly to the program. Other activities such as the Wisdom of Da Vinci immersive exhibit, the GCreator Con Exhibit, Drip Splash, and Gudi Drip (Platinum) each contributed PHP5 to the cause per attendee. Onsite musicians also pledged to match the total earnings of all performers, further amplifying their impact. The event also showcased KUMU-Hapag music content creators as part of the performer's roster.
Meanwhile, G Battle Zone, which started on September 23 and will continue until October 1 at SMX Pasay, also carries Globe's signature commitment. Activities such as the RevMajor 2023 Raffle will allow participants to donate 1 Rewards Point for 1 entry while an on-ground match will see the winner playing for charity, with P50,000 being donated to the Hapag Movement.
Materials related to the Hapag Movement were also prominently displayed at the G Music Fest and G Creator Con, and the initiative will continue to be consistently highlighted in on-ground announcements and spiels at the G Battle Zone.
For more information on G Day events, visit glbe.co/GDayEveryday. To know more about the Hapag Movement, visit https://www.globe.com.
The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Philippines’ leading finance super app GCash have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to join forces in going after perpetrators involved in online fraud, e-scams, and other cybercrimes.
Under the agreement, GCash will assist and cooperate with the SEC in investigating financial fraud crimes by providing relevant information and data in accordance with prevailing laws, rules, and regulations.
As more and more Filipinos embrace the digital space for their daily transactions and investments, the country has witnessed a concerning rise in online scams, investment fraud, and various cybercrimes in recent years. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Enforcement and Investor Protection Department (EIPD) noted that victims of these cybercrimes typically use online money transfer services, such as e-wallets, for their transactions.
“As the country’s investor champion, we must think of ways for fintech companies like GCash to thrive. Financial services offered by GCash will further the cause for financial inclusion and bring the capital market to more Filipinos. The MOA entered into today allows efficient cooperation between EIPD and GCash. Through this MOA, the EIPD can request vital information from GCash to build better cases in its fight against fraud,” SEC chairperson and CEO Emilio Benito Aquino said.
The agreement further solidifies GCash's commitment to secure its customers’ funds and data.
“By continuously working with the government in combating scams, fraud, and other cybercrimes, we want our users to have peace of mind and confidence to transact in the digital space. After all, at GCash, the security of our users is our utmost priority. Together with the SEC, we will continue to improve and innovate in order to protect our customers against cyber threats and other types of scams,” G-Xchange Inc. chief executive officer Ren-Ren Reyes said.
As the e-wallet with the largest user base in the country, GCash is serious in upholding its trust and security mandate by building close coordination and partnerships with law enforcement authorities, namely the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG), and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). GCash has also been leveraging the latest innovation in trust technology to build the safest digital ecosystem for its users while doubling down on empowering customers to protect their accounts through education.
Prominent Filipino artist and entrepreneur Enrique Gil has formally joined KonsultaMD, a premier health SuperApp under the Globe Group umbrella, as its Chief Communications and Impact Officer (CCIO).
The appointment was marked by a contract signing, with key attendees including Ernest Cu, President and CEO of the Globe Group, and Cholo Tagaysay, President and CEO of KonsultaMD.
Known for his acting prowess and business ventures, Enrique has always been passionate about ensuring that healthcare reaches every Filipino. He actively sought out a partnership with KonsultaMD to bring this vision to fruition.
"Thank you so much to KonsultaMD for trusting me in this partnership. I really strongly believe that healthcare should be accessible to every Filipino no matter where they are," he said.
Enrique’s role at KonsultaMD goes beyond endorsement, serving as a voice for a significant cause. He aims to bridge the gap between Filipinos and quality healthcare, ensuring that medical services are available to everyone.
This partnership, created with enthusiasm by Ranvel Rufino, Strategic Partner, and Pamela Lee, Head of Marketing and Partnerships of KonsultaMD, perfectly aligns with the company's goal.
“The mission of KonsultaMD is to democratize healthcare.” said Cholo Tagaysay, CEO of KonsultaMD. “Enrique is going to be a massive help to that mission. We’re very excited to collaborate with him and his team to create awareness for KonsultaMD.”
With Enrique on board, KonsultaMD hopes to connect with a wider audience who may not be aware of the availability of accessible and affordable healthcare services. His genuine connection with Filipinos nationwide is expected to encourage more people to prioritize their health and well-being.
The Globe Group, beyond its telco services, has been diversifying its offerings. Through 917Ventures, it has introduced innovative services and tech solutions such as KonsultaMD, which has been revolutionizing healthcare services in the country.
“Globe has been transforming itself into an entity to not only provide better communications, but also impact solutions to the Filipino public— solutions that address the largest issues in the Philippines,” Cu said.
“During the pandemic, KonsultaMD started to make an impact. Even with the pandemic winding down and the economy opening up, the momentum of KonsultaMD continues,” he added.
KonsultaMD stands as the Philippines' largest telehealth provider. It offers comprehensive telehealth services, from 24/7 doctor access, medical certificates, and same-day pharmacy deliveries to at-home diagnostics and nursing care for newborns and the elderly. KonsultaMD is also a strong advocate for mental health, leading initiatives to destigmatize mental health consultations among Filipinos.
For more information about KonsultaMD, visit https://konsulta.md or download the app on the App Store or Google Play.
PHOTO CAPTION: [L-R] Pamela Lee, Head of Marketing and Partnerships of KonsultaMD; Cholo Tagaysay, KonsultaMD CEO; Ernest Cu, Globe Group President and CEO; actor Enrique Gil, KonsultaMD Chief Communications and Impact Officer (CCIO); and Ranvel Rufino, Strategic Partner.
Gogoro and BYD e-vehicles up for grabs
In celebration of G Day, Globe is giving customers a chance to drive to the new era of mobility, as it gives customers the opportunity to experience sustainable transport by raffling off electric vehicles as top prizes in this year’s G Chance the Raffle.
Globe is giving away three Gogoro Smartscooters and one BYD Dolphin Pure EV in this year’s G Chance the Raffle as part of the G Day celebration, its annual thanksgiving program for customers.
This is the first time for Globe to include e-vehicles among prizes in its biggest yearly raffle, as it concretizes its stance in making climate tech solutions available to the public, with the announcement early this year of Gogoro Smartscooters to be available in the Philippines by the end of the year.
“As a company, we’ve been consciously integrating sustainable solutions in our operations – and now, as we celebrate G Day, we want our customers to experience the same benefits through these sustainable options for their transportation. We hope that it not only reminds them of how much we value them, but also encourages them to make sustainable choices in their lifestyles,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.
Gogoro Smartscooters® are powered through GoStations® where users can conveniently swap depleted batteries for fully-charged ones in as quick as just six seconds. Globe’s 917Ventures, the Ayala Corporation and Gogoro Taiwan partnered to bring the clean transport system to the Philippines this year, with its commercial launch set in Q4 2023.
BYD Dolphin Pure EV, distributed by AC Motors under Globe principal Ayala Corporation with its key dealer network, is a 5-seater electric vehicle that runs on a 70-kW electric motor with 180 nm torque, powered by an ultra-safe 44.9-kWh Lithium-ion Iron Phosphate battery. With a 400-km range, the stylish compact hatchback can comfortably handle out-of-town trips with no noise nor vibrations, zero emissions and world-class safety.
“Our G Chance the Raffle brings together excitement and advocacy as we debut these e-vehicles as prizes for our loyal customers. This is a rare and life-changing opportunity for them to own vehicles of the future today and a whole new way for us to make dreams happen,” said Jerome Patalud, Head of Globe Rewards.
For as low as 1 Globe Rewards point as a Globe Mobile, Prepaid, Postpaid, Platinum, Broadband or Home Prepaid WiFi user, you’ll get a chance to win one of these EVs.
Globe Group's sustainability efforts recognized in four categories at the Sustainable Company Awards 2023
Globe Awards At a Glance:
● Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year in APAC
● Net Zero Progression of the Year in APAC
● Sustainability Reporting of the Year in APAC
● Large Enterprise of the Year in APAC
In a remarkable display of commitment towards sustainability, the Globe Group has earned recognition in four categories at the Environmental Finance Sustainable Company Awards 2023, underscoring the company's unwavering dedication to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles and its leadership role in driving sustainable business practices.
Environmental-Finance.com is a UK-based online news and analysis service established in 1999 to report on sustainable investment, green finance and the people and companies active in environmental markets.
Globe was recognized in four categories it entered, with recognitions earned from its efforts on climate action, sustainability reporting, and digitalization.
Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year (APAC)
Globe’s efforts to green its network, aligned with its ISO 50001-certified energy management system, contributed to increased network efficiency and cost savings from reduced energy consumption. This includes the shifting of more sites to renewable energy, integrating green network solutions in its operations, and the adoption of energy-efficient technologies that has allowed the company to maximize operational network capabilities.
Net Zero Progression of the Year (APAC)
Globe's commitment to building a sustainable future was further recognized with the Net Zero Progression of the Year award.
In 2021 Globe committed to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and submitted in June 2023 its science-based targets for evaluation and validation. It has maintained a CDP 'B' Rating since 2021 and is also committed to supporting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), underscoring its dedication to address climate-related risks. This honor highlights the company’s alignment with the global Race to Zero campaign, and its persistence in reducing its GHG emissions within its value chain.
Sustainability Reporting of the Year (APAC)
The third recognition, Sustainability Reporting of the Year, celebrates Globe's long-standing commitment to transparency and accountability. The company began its sustainability reporting journey as early as 2008, a decade ahead of the implementation of Philippine Sustainability Reporting regulations which required this of publicly-listed companies in the country.
Globe adopted the Integrated Reporting framework in 2018 to depict how the company creates value using its resources. For its 2022 Integrated Report entitled “Empowering Customers with Everyday Digital Solutions,” Globe showcased the adoption of the GSMA ESG Metrics for Mobile, making it the first telco in the Philippines to pilot the metrics.
The company was also recently given an 'AA' Rating by the MSCI, the highest in the Philippines by far, and has maintained its membership in the FTSE4Good Index for eight consecutive years. Globe's recognition by The Financial Times as one of the Climate Leaders in Asia Pacific for two consecutive years and its accolade as the Most Sustainably-Driven Network by Standard Insights further attest to its leadership in sustainability.
Large Enterprise of the Year (APAC): Transitioning from telco to techco
Globe was also recognized as the Large Enterprise of the Year for APAC in this year’s awards for its successful transformation into a digital solutions group.
"These recognitions are proof of Globe's purposeful approach to sustainability. We are committed to driving positive change and we will continue to pave the way for a sustainable future for our stakeholders and the planet,” said Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer of the Globe Group.
The Environmental Finance Sustainable Company Awards is renowned for spotlighting companies that pioneer change in their approach to sustainability. It employs a rigorous judging process involving over 40 industry experts and the Environmental Finance editorial team.
Through its strategies, Globe practices sustainability with intention and purpose, setting a benchmark for others to follow.
To learn more about Globe’s sustainability efforts, visit the Globe Sustainability Website.
NXT, the innovative talent platform powered by Acquiro Solutions and Tech Inc., is leading the charge in shaping a purposeful future for emerging professionals, interns, and fresh graduates. Cultivating sustainable workforce practices, NXT is dedicated to providing the tools and opportunities needed to empower the next generation of talent.
To prepare job seekers for the future of work, NXT seeks to offer a diverse range of job opportunities that meet the evolving demands of the modern workforce. More than traditional full-time jobs, NXT eyes to connect jobseekers with a variety of career options, including project-based roles, internships, and freelance work.
Recognizing the critical need for a sustainable talent pipeline, NXT, through Asticom, engaged over 30 educational institutions across the country. The collaborations aim to bridge the gap between education and industry by providing students and graduates with insights into the corporate world. They help individuals align their skills and knowledge with industry needs, addressing the challenge of suitable career paths in the nation.
In a nation where millions are in search of suitable career paths, NXT is revolutionizing job and talent search by streamlining talent acquisition processes through technology, with a focus on making job searching more accessible, flexible, and efficient. Thus, transforming the talent acquisition and job search experience in the Philippines for the digital age.
Ged Gutierrez, Deputy General Manager of Acquiro, underscores the platform's commitment to success: "NXT aspires to set job seekers on a path to higher success by connecting them with various job opportunities with flexible work arrangements. With new features coming in the next quarters, including part-time, hybrid, and gig work, among others, we aim to empower them to shape their careers on their terms.”
Acquiro, as part of Asticom and the Globe Group, supports UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 8, particularly focusing on gender diversity and equal opportunities, employee satisfaction through work-life balance and career growth, and continuous learning and development.
Asticom Group of Companies President and CEO, Mharicar Castillo-Reyes, meanwhile, articulated the company's vision. "We firmly believe that fostering sustainability in the workforce is essential for the long-term success of our organization and the communities we impact. By aligning our efforts with global sustainability goals, we are creating a positive legacy for future generations,” she said.
Job seekers and businesses are invited to embark on a transformative journey by signing up on NXT at www.nxt.com.ph. To discover how Acquiro is reshaping the talent acquisition landscape and nurturing a sustainable future, visit www.acquiro.com.ph. For more information about Asticom, go to https://asticom.com.ph.
In a move that promises to electrify the gaming community, Globe is set to host the G Battle Zone: G Legends Cup and REV Major from September 23 - to October 1 as part of this year’s Globe G Day celebration.
This thrilling event shows Globe's commitment to providing opportunities for gamers and gaming enthusiasts the chance to showcase their skills in the virtual arena.
"At Globe, we believe in the power of gaming to bring people together, to inspire, and to entertain. The G Battle Zone: G Legends Cup and REV Major are our way of celebrating the passion and dedication of our gaming community. We are excited to see the talent that will emerge and are proud to provide a platform for gamers to shine,” said Ralph Aligada, Head of Globe Games and Esports partnerships.
G Battle Zone is a platform where dreams can become reality. Gamers across the nation are invited to participate in the G Legends Cup, an online Mobile Legends tournament that promises not only cash prizes but also an opportunity to meet, greet, and even scrim with Globe's premier gaming ambassador, Blacklist International. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for budding gamers to rub shoulders with the best in the business and learn from their experiences.
But that's not all. REV Major 2023, the Philippines' largest fighting game tournament, is also happening this month at the SMX Convention Center, featuring games such as Tekken 7, Street Fighter 6, Guilty Gear Strive, and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.
Attendees are in for a treat with exclusive giveaways from Globe’s partners such as GrabCar, Move It, UniPin, and FoodPanda. Those who register to play in the REV Major tournaments will also get the rare chance to play against international Fighting Game Community esports athletes, making it a truly global gaming extravaganza.
For those looking to upgrade their gaming experience, Globe partnered with online marketplaces to offer exciting promos. With Razer Gold, Gamer, and Codashop, gamers can buy MLBB Diamonds using their Globe load and in return, receive a FoodPanda voucher.
Customers are in for a treat because aside from getting drinks from Coca-Cola, such as Coke Ultimate and Jack x Coke at REV Major, exclusive skins and in-game items are also up for grabs!
Through Globe’s collaboration with one of the top third person shooting games in the Philippines, PUBG Mobile, players can get a chance to own the limited edition and exclusive GUDI x PUBG skin. They may also win vouchers from Unipin and permanent skins just by participating in the G It to Win It Wheel event in-app.
Gudi Fest Suit/Skin from PUBG Mobile is available on the GlobeOne app for only 5 Rewards points, while Globe Prepaid customers can get a special Dragon Nest x Globe in-game Chest for 25 Rewards points.
Behind the G Battle Zone is the spirit of G Day, Globe's annual customer celebration. Through a blend of online and offline executions, G Day aims to personally recognize and value Globe’s loyal customers. This month-long series of festivities is the company’s way of expressing gratitude and giving back to its customers for their unwavering support.