Globe Telecom Inc. said Tuesday it teamed up with the National Housing Authority to provide affordable broadband connectivity to over 100 resettlement areas nationwide.
"We are grateful for this partnership with the NHA and will work with them to fulfill their core mission to promote decent, livable and resilient homes for all Filipinos, through low-cost and reliable internet connectivity," said Ernest Cu, president and chief executive of Globe.
KonekTayo Wifi is expected to have 40,000 housing beneficiaries within the year.
KonekTayo WiFi is a fast and secure community WiFi service that provides households with an affordable internet connection without the need for a modem, a postpaid subscription or mobile data.
Instead, residents can simply connect to the service and choose from various prepaid data packs that suit their budget.
“We are grateful for this partnership with Globe that allows us to better serve our constituents by helping them with their digital needs. We look forward to continued partnership and collaboration with Globe,” said Marcelino Escalada Jr., general manager of NHA.
KonekTayo WiFi is available in the following NHA communities: Disiplina Village I- Ugong, Disiplina Village II- Bignay, Valenzuela; Paradise Heights and Vitas LRB in Tondo, Manila; Malabon Homes in Malabon; Lanit River Plains in Iloilo; Greendale Residences, Guadalupe Heights, St Francis Village and North Hill Arbours in Tacloban, Leyte; and Paraiso Heights in Sagay, Negros Occidental. Soon, KonekTayo WiFi will be available in other selected NHA communities nationwide.
Globe also committed to conduct ambassadorship training for the Digital Thumbprint Program for communities and implement the eWaste Zero Program in various NHA areas where KonekTayo is made accessible.
DTP educates the youth on digital citizenship and the responsible use of technology through workshops and modules while eWaste Zero is a recovery and recycling program that teaches and ensures proper disposal of electronic wastes.
This ensures that communities that are provided access to the internet are also provided access to education on how to act responsibly when online, not to mention being able to protect themselves and loved ones from various online risks and dangers.
Engaging more communities through KonekTayo is also part of Globe’s larger commitment to support digital learning while kids are unable to physically go to school.
"With more affordable connectivity, NHA beneficiaries are now empowered to get equal access to information and the modern economy, equal opportunities for education and equal chances for productivity and livelihood," Cu said.