Monday, June 30, 2014

NTC Stops 2 firms From Sending Spam Messages to Globe Subscribers


The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered Caritas Health Shield, Inc. and Center for Global Best Practices to immediately stop sending spam messages to customers of Globe Telecom. The order is expected to provide respite to Globe consumers who constantly receive annoying spam messages.  

The order is stipulated in show-cause orders issued by NTC against Caritas and CGBP, relating to separate complaints filed by Globe Telecom against the two companies whose agents and employees are involved in sending unsolicited promotional text messages to Globe mobile customers.  The legal action taken by the telecommunications provider against Caritas and CGBP is in line with the telco company’s intensified campaign to combat text spam, prompted by constant customer service complaints on the issue.

Globe specifically asked the regulatory body to order Caritas, a health insurance company, and CGBP, which offers various training and seminar courses, the payment of appropriate fines and penalties for sending annoying text spam to Globe subscribers. Globe also asked the NTC to permanently bar Caritas and CGBP, its agents and employees from sending spam texts to Globe customers. 

photo credits: www.marcofolio.net
The regulatory body also ordered the two companies to appear before the commission on July 15 and to explain in writing within 15 days from receipt of the order why it should not be administratively sanctioned for such violation.

“The NTC directive should provide some breathing space for Globe customers who constantly receive annoying spam messages. Globe will continue to exercise all legal means possible to ease the burden inflicted on our customers by companies that employ text spamming as a marketing strategy. Such companies should be forewarned that similar complaints will be filed against them unless they unilaterally stop sending annoying spam messages to our customers,” Globe General Counsel Froilan Castelo said, as he expressed confidence that the case will be resolved in favor of the telecommunication provider.

According to Castelo, Globe Telecom is now preparing the filing of separate complaints against two local business organizations whose agents and employees have been identified to be the source of text spams.   “We will try to get to them in the hope that we can convince them to stop sending text spams to our customers. We hope our efforts to reach out to them would result in the resolution of our concern and they can compel their agents and employees to stop sending text spams to our customers,” Castelo said.  He, however, did not disclose the identity of the two companies pending formal filing of charges against them.

Following Globe Telecom’s campaign to combat text spamming, some text spammers have refrained from using their company name when sending text spams. A sample of such spam message reads as follows: “Get cash when you need it. Bank loan for as low as 1.39% reply YES if interested. For details text/call 0926XXXXXXX.” 

Castelo emphasized, however, that while senders of such messages do not directly identify their respective companies, such practice is still considered text spamming and the organizations they represent should be held liable.

Early this month, Globe made available on a company web page a channel through which its customers can report text spams and text scams alike. Customers simply have to go to http://www.globe.com.ph/stopspam and provide all the details required. Numbers that are reported to be source of text spams are first sent warnings and those that are persistent source of text spams are deactivated from the service.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Philippine Center in Investigative Journalism: Tapped To Lead in Media Excellence

photo credits: www.mushings.com
Globe Telecom has tapped the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to be part of the 3rd Cebu Media Excellence Awards (CMEA) in an effort to encourage media practitioners to look deeply into social concerns that are plaguing the country.

CMEA was created by Globe in 2012 to give recognition to Cebu-based print and broadcast professionals and digital media practitioners who do not only excel in their respective fields but also promote social advocacy.

This year, Globe goes beyond the ordinary by partnering with PCIJ to provide strategic direction and leadership for the Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year Award, one of the highlights of the event.

“Beyond the drive for media excellence in the daily coverage of events, Globe wants to further encourage the media to engage in civic, investigative and explanatory journalism that would delve into social concerns such as freedom from ignorance, poverty and corruption.  We acknowledge PCIJ’s role in enhancing the quality of entries in this year's awards,” said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President, Globe Corporate Communications.

The awarding ceremonies will be held on September 25, coinciding with the annual Cebu Press Freedom Week celebration to commemorate the dark days of Martial Law when the basic right of press freedom was curtailed. 

Categories in the competition include Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Print, Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Broadcast, Reporter of the Year for Print, Reporter of the Year for TV, Reporter of the Year for Radio, Columnist of the Year, Photojournalist of the Year, Social Media Advocate of the Year, and Blogger of the Year.

As in the previous year, entries shall explore and promote the following advocacies: business and entrepreneurship, information and communications technology, environment and disaster response, governance and social progress and youth and education.


Search period is from August 2013 until July 18, 2014 with the announcement of nominees to be made on August 15, 2014.

Friday, June 20, 2014

WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg Meets up with Philippine WordPress Community

The Philippines Wordpress community recently had a meet up and had the rare chance to mingle with WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg in Bonifacio Globe City, Manila.

About 120 bloggers, developers, designers, and enthusiasts of the world’s most popular web publishing platform attended this event sponsored by Globe Telecom and the Philippine WordPress community.  It was organized by entrepreneur and president of the Davao Bloggers Society Andrew dela Serna.

The WordPress enthusiasts gathered to learn more about Mullenweg’s expertise on web technology and online publishing, including his philosophy of giving more people access to publishing and blogging through the use of an open-source software.

This is Mullenweg’s third visit to the country, the first was in 2008 for the same speaking engagement, and has since seen the growth of the local WordPress community. The Philippines is said to be one of the first countries to adopt WordPress. To date, WordPress is powering 22% of websites all over the world.

Matt Mullenweg is also the founder and CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Jetpack

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Yo! The Newest Affordable App For Travelers

Yo!, Globe's affordable app for travellers
The world is getting smaller as Globe makes it easier for wanderlusts to connect to their loved ones back home.

Introducing Yo!, Globe's newest app that is designed to give Filipinos abroad more reasons to communicate with people who matter in their lives back in the Philippines

Yo! is a voice over internet (VoIP) app, enables affordable calls and texts to any mobile landline number in the world. It assigns a virtual Globe mobile number to an account, thereby helping frequent travelers save on communication costs.

One can enjoy cheap rates on calls from Yo! to Globe and TM numbers in the Philippines. These are only P4 per minute, and $0.40 per minute for other networks around the world. Sending text messages (SMS) is priced at P2 per text and P15 to other networks worldwide.

Travellers can also have free calls and instant messaging between two devices that have the app installed. 

So, what are you waiting for? Download Yo! now via Google Play and the App Store.



Monday, June 16, 2014

AnYare Soars in TADHack Philippines Competition


AnYare which aims to help geographically-challenged teams wins in TADHack. Also in the photo are the other winners: Coneed, and Meet Plus.
AnYare, an app which aims to help organizations/teams who need form of communication while working in the field or remote areas, wins in the recently concluded 1st Telecom Application Developer Hackathon (TADHack) Philippines It was presented by Globe Telecom.

AnYare was developed by the young minds of Marte Soliza and Beato Bongco.

According to Bongco, the app allows registered users to create teams. Everyone in the team will receive a call at a pre-determined time. They can record the answer, and a designated administrator can retrieve the response by calling the app and downloading information through a web interface. This means that team leaders of organisations can retrieve reports from their members of the field anytime and anywhere, as long as there is a cell phone signal.

Soliza and Bongco stood out first among a total of 12 teams. The received USD 1,000 and an all-expense paid trip for one to Istanbul  to attend the two-day TADHack Summit in November. 

Aside from AnYare, special awards were also presented to two other winners:  Meet Plus and CoNeeds.

TADHack, a global avenue for developers, was held at the same time in six different cities:  Manila, Philippines; Madrid, Spain; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;  Chicago,  USA;  Pune,  India; and Colombo and Sri Lanka. There was a live-streaming as well so teams could compete remotely. 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Globe Honors A “Heroine” from Zamboanga

Atilano: The 'heroine' as she receives the Globe Employee of the Year award 
We have watched on the local news how the people of Zamboanga were badly affected when their city was under siege September of last year.

Known as the "City of Flowers, Zamboanga was badly devastated, a lot of people died which left citizens in shock and unsure of what tomorrow would come.  People were seen relocating to other places for safety, leaving it's economy in shambles.

Despite of it all, adversities do bring out the best in people as one Globe Telecom heroine was compassionate and unafraid during these hard times.

Glenda Atilano, a retail manager of a Globe store in Zamboanga, took action to help her fellow Zamboanguenos pull through.

Atilano, 43, personally organized and facilitated the distribution of food packages to the Red Cross and to the Armed Forces. This benefitted 4,000 individuals who were affected by the conflict. She also assembled a clean-up drive program and assembled the Brigada Eskwela program, allowing her team to distribute school supplies to the children in war-torn areas. 

Because of her efforts, Atilano was given the prestigious Globe Employee of the Year award at the annual Globe Excellence Awards at EDSA Shangri-la.

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu commended Atilano, saying that she has done something outstanding beyond the call of duty. He noted that she showed her commitment to service by reaching out to Globe customers in their time of need. 

As a Globe store retail manager, Atilano has consistently steered her team to excellence, surpassing her team’s sales target last year despite the siege. She has been part of the Globe family since 1995.


Aside from Atilano, other employees were given recognition at the Globe Excellence Awards, which is held annually to recognize top achievers in the Globe family.

Mandatory IP Peering for Faster Internet Speeds

The National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) is proposing a mandatory IP peering among carriers should be put in place to improve internet services in the country.  Globe Telecom supports this and maintains that there should not be any access charge to this to maintain or lower internet costs.

At a recent joint hearing of the Senate committees on trade and public services, the NTC cited the lack of IP peering among local ISPs as one of factors that contribute to slower internet speeds in the country. The regulatory body pointed out that in the case of Singapore and South Korea, for instance, internet content are mostly generated internally, as a result of an effective IP peering policy, which in turn enhances internet speed.

IP peering allows one ISP to connect with another provider, giving both entities a direct route for fast exchange of information, greatly improving throughput and latency performance of ISPs and enhance bandwidth utilization.


For more information, you may visit this site: http://www.globe.com.ph/press-room/globe-backs-ntc-stance-of-mandatory-ip

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Step Up on Anti-spam Campaign

In line with its aim to stop spam messages that we often get on our mobile phones, Globe Telecom steps up its anti-spam campaign by making it easier for its customers to report these annoying text messages. This is the most aggressive initiative so far to address proliferation of spam and scam SMS messages.

Subscribers just have to visit http://www.globe.com.ph/stopspam and provide all details on the received text spam and similar scams. 

Numbers that are reported to be source of text spams are first sent warnings and those that are persistent source of text spams are deactivated from the service.




Saturday, June 7, 2014

Text2Teach: Aims to Improve Quality of Education In Patikul, Sulu

The Text2Teach launch in Patikul, Sulu 
Mobile learning program Text2Teach is set this school year to boost the quality of education in 15 elementary schools in Patikul, Sulu, one of the most remote island groups in the Philippines where student dropout rate has reached alarming proportions.

Text2Teach is the brainchild between the private and public sectors composed of Globe Telecom, Ayala Foundation, Nokia, Pearson Foundation, Toshiba, the Department of Education, and the local government units.

This effort will also be benefit the peace and development efforts in the area. Text2Teach aims to forge and deepen cooperation between the local government of Sulu, the Philippine Marine Corps, and the academe to engage in educational programs as an effective way to pursue peace and prosperity in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Educational materials will be provided to the youth in Sulu for them to receive the same kind of learning materials received by the rest of the country. The Text2Teach training program is expected to boost teacher morale and enhance the learning environment in the classroom, with the end-goal of significantly lowering the drop-out rate and significantly increase the learning gains.