To fill the gap in livelihood and education, Globe has partnered with Caritas PH to teach junior and senior high school students across the Philippines micro-entrepreneurship skills. 

Globe has already extended the seed funding for the initiative, which will provide digital tools and skills training to more than 500 disadvantaged youths in the country to help improve student performance. 

The program will be conducted in ten communities, specifically those under Caritas PH’s Pilipinas Kontra Gutom initiative located in: 

  • Mt. Province, Quezon, and Camarines Sur in Luzon;
  • Capiz and Negros Oriental in Visayas; and
  • Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and two communities in Cotabato in Mindanao

Photo from Globe and Caritas PH

Funding for the project will be delivered through the Alay Kapwa Educational Assistance program and Self Help Groups (SHeG) program, which are both handled by Caritas PH. 

In a statement, Globe said they want to contribute to the recovery of the disadvantaged sector by equipping youth with the necessary skills and relevant skills to ready them for employment or business ventures.

“Globe continues to provide holistic interventions through multi-sectoral partnerships. We would like to contribute to an inclusive recovery from this pandemic by providing access to relevant tools, skills training, and ways to enable the disadvantaged sector so they can benefit from the gains of a digital economy,” said Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto. 

Meanwhile, Caritas PH said the initiative only reinforces their long-time goal of helping the marginalized transform their communities for the better. 

“Our commitment has always been to support the marginalized communities’ social transformation. The pandemic has posed greater challenges to our brothers and sisters which left them struggling to acquire quality education and decent livelihood. With this, we are intensifying our efforts to help the most vulnerable communities by providing holistic interventions that can help them thrive despite these challenging times,” said Caritas PH Executive Secretary Fr. Tony Labiao, Jr.

According to a recent survey from the Social Weather Stations released this June 2021, the lack of livelihood is directly correlated to an increase in hunger incidence, especially in low-income families. 

The study estimates that 13.6% or 3.4 million families experienced involuntary hunger – due to lack of food to eat – at least once in the past three months in the Philippines. 

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Image credit: Globe and Caritas PH