Softbank, Globe Telecom donate PCs, tents to CDO

SOFTBANK PAYMENT SERVICE CORP (SBPS) OF Japan and Globe Telecom donated tents for temporary shelters located in several sites in Cagayan de Oro and personal computers to Bulua National High School as part of their rehabilitation efforts for Typhoon Sendong victims. 

Globe partnered with ChildFund Philippines who runs the Child-Centered Spaces Program (CCS) for 1,000 parents and 2,500 children victims of Sendong who are still staying at tent cities. Together with local youth non-government organization 4K (Kaabag sa Kalambuan Pinaagi sa Kamtangan sa Katinlingban), ChildFund holds daily activities for children victims and the tents will be set up in various Tent City temporary shelters in Cagayan de Oro for psycho-social group sessions.  

“It sometimes takes atleast two months for children to sense that things are back to ‘normal’. When we started, we only had tarps to sit on. We are grateful for the donation. Tents provide a sense of security for the children,” shared Marcela Donaal, area manager, ChildFund Philippines. 

Ten personal computers were also donated and turned over to Bulua National High School, one of the Sendong-affected schools in Cagayan de Oro, on March 8. “Our computer lab only had ten PCs, given to us through a grant in 1998,” said Marlon Gervacio Jr., ICT coordinator for Bulua National High School. “We took care of them and used them for the computer classes of our fourth year high school students. We often had to take shifts so the children all have equal time using the computers.” 

“The flood from Typhoon Sendong, however, has made them useless. They were swimming inside the flooded room when we went back to check the damage from the flood,” Gervacio continued. “With these new PCs, I can now teach Drafting and Auto CADD classes in the coming school year,” he added excitedly. 

The tents and computers were bought using the P500,000 cash donation from Softbank. Rob I. Nazal, head of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility, said, “We are very grateful to SBPS for this philanthropic act. The funds that they provided will definitely help significantly in the rehabilitation of the Sendong victims. Globe will also continue to work with the local school divisions to see how else we may be able to help.” 

According to Nazal, a portion of the donation will also be used to fund Balay Integrated Rehabilitation Center for Total Human Development (BIRTH-DEV), a non-government organization based in Iligan, which also runs a psycho-social program for 500 families in Sendong-affected communities in the area. BIRTH-DEV also received 200 Globe Bridging Communities (GBC) SIM cards and non-food donation from Globe as part of their relief operations in Iligan last December.