In the northernmost town of La Union lies Bangar, the smallest municipality in the province known for its handwoven cloth called Abel. Until early this year, Barangay Rissing in Bangar was what could be considered a dead spot. It was practically isolated from the rest of the world due to the absence of any communication facility.
With the recent construction of a Globe cell site equipped with 4G LTE, Barangay Rissing was brought to life. Connectivity allowed its residents to get in touch with friends and loved ones who live far away. It gave them another form of entertainment and even opened their eyes to new ways of doing things.
One of those who take advantage of Globe’s strong call, text, and data signal is Alvin Nelmida. Since Alvin spends all day in the fields as a farmer, he turns to his trusted mobile phone to relax and have a little fun after the grueling work.
“Mahirap ang maging magsasaka kaya pagkatapos naming magtrabaho sa bukid, Facebook, YouTube ang sinisilip ko para maka-relax man lang ako,” he shared.
But watching videos for entertainment is not the only thing Alvin does. He also uses social media to gain new knowledge about planting online.
“Marami rin akong natutunang bagong technique pag nag-o-online ako,” he said. Alvin adopts his learnings online to farming to achieve a better yield. Bangar is primarily agricultural, producing rice, corn, sugar cane, peanuts, sweet potatoes, vegetables, and Virginia tobacco.
But most of all, Alvin can now bond with his wife who works abroad. “Mahirap ang relasyon namin kasi nasa malayo siya pero gumagaan ‘yung loob ko kapag nakaka-video call ko siya. Malaki talaga ang naitutulong ng cell site,” he narrated.
These were made possible due to Globe’s tireless efforts to expand and upgrade its network. Globe has made it a mission to deliver #1stWorldNetwork to Filipinos anywhere in the country.
“Internet connectivity is a life essential. It allows relationships and local community activities to flourish. This drives all our teams in ensuring that no one is left behind when we deliver our services even in far-flung areas. They also deserve fast and reliable connectivity that the Globe 4G LTE network brings,” said Marge Dizon, Globe Vice President for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group.
As the country’s Leader in Mobile, Globe was able to build 1,407 new cell sites nationwide in 2021. It has also upgraded and expanded 22,300 mobile sites during the said period. Over 2,000 5G outdoor sites and inbuilding solutions (IBS) have been installed.
Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically UN SDG No. 9, which aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. It is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.