By Emmie V. Abadilla
Makati City is way ahead of its counterparts when it comes to adopting digital technologies according to Globe Telecom. “Makati is a great example of an LGU that recognized the need for network infrastructure, to enhance connectivity that will benefit its residents, “ says Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu.
Globe is providing fast and free WiFi access via GoWiFi to 27 barangay health centers, inside the Makati City Hall and University of Makati as part of the memorandum of agreement between the telco and the Makati City government.
“Globe Prepaid & TM customers in Makati can enjoy 1GB of free GoWiFi for every registration of GoSAKTO, GoSURF & EasySURF worth ₱50 and above that they can use in any GoWiFi hotspot in the city,” Cu noted.
Globe will install antennas on poles owned by the city government to improve mobile signal in more than 100 strategic sites wherein the processing of permits will be fast tracked based on the Public Private Partnership agreement approved by the city council.
Makati was the first city to adopt financial inclusion in partnership with Globe since 2017 that empowered 1,000 micro small medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) to use the GCash QR Codes payment facility such as Jollijeeps, select sari-sari stores and some of the city’s transport system.
Globe and Makati City will also recognize the 100 thousandth Makatizen GCash card holder during yesterday’s GoWiFi MOA signing.
Globe is also in talks with the city government to address the health access concerns of the residents through KonsultaMD which offers 24/7 access to licensed Filipino doctors who are trained, experienced and ready to provide with high-quality health and medical information anytime, anywhere.
GoWiFi is the country’s largest WiFi service in the country that aims to provide customers better WiFi experience with speeds of up to 100Mbps depending on the location–available to all users regardless of network.
GoWiFi continues its expansion plans nationwide, particularly in high-traffic areas like malls, hospitals, and schools to make high-quality internet connection accessible and affordable to more Filipinos.
As of the first half of the year, GoWiFi is now accessible in 2,500 sites nationwide, up by 500 sites from the previous year.