Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom is offering Libreng Tawag services to the Philippines from eight countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and North America in support of overseas Filipino workers who may want to check on their families residing along the path of Typhoon Ruby.
Gil Genio, Globe Chief Operating Officer for Business and International Markets, said that the countries identified are among those with the highest number of Filipino migrants and expatriates in the world. They include Spain, UK, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, and Italy.
“We realize how important it is for our kababayans abroad to get in touch with their families especially during calamities. This is why we have set up free calling stations in these 8 countries where Globe is directly serving the Filipino communities there,” Genio said.
“In Italy, free calling services are available at the Globe Stores in Milan and Rome. For Spain, UK, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong, this public service started yesterday and is being offered through some of the accredited Globe retailers in those countries,” said Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Senior Vice President for International Business.
“For the United States, Libreng Tawag in the west coast will be available in all branches of Seafood City through our partnership with them while Filipinos in the east coast will be served via web through the subscribed access service of Lunex, the Globe partner servicing the area,” Maniego-Eala added.
In Saudi Arabia, at the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, the downtown district in Balad as well as partner stores of Globe, including in Riyadh, will serve as locations for the calling stations.
In Spain, Filipinos based there may avail of “Libreng Tawag” at four strategic points along Joaquín Costa Street in Barcelona. In Italy, the new Globe store in Rome, which opened last December 6, as well as its six month-old counterpart in Milan, will have calling stations for Pinoys in the Italian peninsula. Those in the United Kingdom will also be able to call home at no cost at Earl’s Court in London.
In Hong Kong, particularly in Central District, Filipinos can have the privilege to contact the Philippines for free, while OFWs in Singapore may avail of the service at the Lucky Plaza along Nathan Road.
In Canada, Filipinos can get call cards for free in Winnipeg in Manitoba; Joyce–Collingwood in Vancouver; Calgary in Alberta; St. Catherine’s in Niagara; Montreal in Quebec; and in Eastern and Western Ontario. Pinoys based in the US can also have complimentary Globe call cards at Seafood City branches across the said country.
Libreng Tawag will be available until 11:59pm EST on 08 December 2014.