Globe continues to aid Phivolcs, residents near Taal

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

March 10, 2021, 9:37 am

MANILA – Globe Telecom continues to assist the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and is ready to extend aid to residents near the Taal Volcano, it announced Tuesday night.

"Since last year, during the Taal volcanic crises, Globe has zero-rated Phivolcs website when being accessed by the public using Globe data," Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

This means browsing the Phivolcs website using a Globe sim card or through a Globe prepaid wireless broadband will not incur any mobile data charges, Solidum said.

"As a result, the general public has better access to reliable information directly from the source, which is very important for appropriate response and decision making," he added.

Alert level 2 (increasing unrest) was raised over Taal Volcano on Tuesday.

Under this status, eruption may or may not happen. Evacuation is not recommended but the public has been advised against going to the Taal Volcano Island, a permanent danger zone.

Entry into the vicinities of the main crater and Daang Kastila fissure must also remain strictly prohibited.

With this development, Globe said its "Libreng Tawag, Charging, and Wi-Fi" services are set to be deployed to places where residents would be evacuated.

Free access to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council's (NDRRMC) website has also been provided to Globe and TM subscribers. (PNA)