Globe Telecom joins the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Brigada Eskwela 2018 with the theme, “Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan Para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan,” as part of its effort to encourage more Filipinos to take on volunteer initiatives via Time Please, a collaboration between the telecom firm and The Walt Disney Company, Philippines.
Tapping into the selfless hearts of Filipinos, Globe aims to make volunteer activities, especially during the Brigada Eskwela season, accessible and fun to do with friends and family. Through Time Please, non-government organizations, government agencies, private companies, the academe, and even individuals can easily connect with communities to continue spreading acts of kindness to those who are in need.
“Globe wants to cultivate a society that cares for humanity. We hope that with the nationwide initiative like Time Please, we can engage more individuals, communities, and companies to actively contribute to nation-building by sharing their time, talent, and treasure like what we are doing for Brigada Eskwela,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications. Globe participates in Brigada Eskwela each year, with employee volunteers helping clean, paint, and repair classrooms, tables and chairs in time for the opening of classes.
“Gawin po natin ang lahat ng ating magagawa, nang sa gayon, iyong mga bagay na kung tayo po’y nag-iisa lamang ay hindi natin maaabot, sa pamamagitan ng partnership ay ating maaabot. Ito iyong mga bagay, iyong mga pangarap, iyong mga layunin, na hindi po natin makakamtan kung tayo po’y nag-iisa lamang (Let us do everything we can so that the things that we cannot do alone may be achieved through partnerships. These includes our dreams and objectives which we cannot attain if we are alone),” Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships, and School Sports Tonisito Umali said in a recent press conference for Brigada Eskwela.
Globe has always supported education-related activities including the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) which promotes responsible digital citizenship; PRISM, which is aimed at advancing digital literacy of teachers; and Strategy Innovation, and Transformation (ShiftED), which assists the government and schools in developing globally-competitive students and teachers.
Time Please is also in line with Globe Telecom’s commitment to nine of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and appeals to the Filipinos’ strong culture of volunteerism rooted in the bayanihan spirit to collectively contribute to social development.
With the assistance of Future Maker iVolunteer Philippines, Globe has made it easier for everyone to create or look for volunteer opportunities by signing up at www.timeplease.ph and the volunteer portal of Gawad Kalinga through any device with Internet access. Groups comprised of two to four volunteers must be formed to join the activities. Additionally, companies without existing volunteer programs would be able to match their employees to various volunteering opportunities that suit them, while companies with existing volunteer programs may also register.
By joining this volunteer program and registering to the site, every group’s hours are counted while they gain the chance to win prizes from Globe.