Businesses play an important role in helping address some of the most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges that the country is currently facing, prompting the need to bring purposeful innovations for societal impact to the spotlight.
Globe, one of the biggest players in the Philippine market, harnesses the power of digital technology to accelerate social changes and create significant social impact. Huge investments in the local telecommunications industry during the past two decades have given mobile access to a much larger percentage of the population, opened the floodgates of data, and increased efficiency of both large corporations and micro, small, and medium enterprises.
ICT aso opened the doors to technologies that can address various societal problems such as financial inclusion for unserved and underserved Filipinos through GCash mobile wallet as well as access to medical advice via KonsultaMD hotline.
“For us to be relevant we must continue to contribute to the progressive development of our markets and communities,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications. “We do our best to bring about the change needed to make a genuine impact through social innovations that utilizes technology.”
However, solving the multitude of problems that the country has requires all the help it can get. Globe, through its Globe Future Makers (GFM) program, for instance, taps startups interested in using tech for social good by providing them mentorship, marketing assistance, and networking opportunities, among others.
GFM was implemented in 2017 to influence and build a whole ecosystem of social innovators who can help create a positive impact on society with the help of technology. It is aligned with the social innovation program of the Singtel Group of Companies for Asia Pacific.
This year, Antipara Exploration and Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI) emerged as the top social innovators for GFM. Both have developed technological tools to help solve some of the country’s most exigent social challenges.