Globe Telecom and The Walt Disney Company, Philippines, partnered to launch Time Please, a natiowide volunteering program that encourages and empowers Filipinos to provide volunteer activities or take part in existing volunteer programs. The program not only targets individuals, but also families and organizations, in support of the nine Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Time Please also appeals to the bayanihan spirit, the strong culture of cooperation and volunteerism among Filipinos, to collectively contribute to social development.
Through the volunteer matching portal www.timeplease.ph, developed with Globe Future Maker iVolunteer Philippines, and the volunteer portal of Gawad Kalinga, Time Please opens doors of various volunteering opportunities in the country to both individuals and organizations. Time Please allows participants to enlist their volunteer activities in a platform and register their volunteer hours. Making use of online platforms, interested parties across the country can now sign up for free and form groups to join volunteer activities.
“We look at Time Please to extend Globe Telecom’s purpose-led culture to our customers. With the help of technology, we wish to make volunteering more accessible to many Filipinos, thereby, making it easier for our partners and customers to contribute to nation building,” said Ernest Cu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Globe Telecom.
“Disney VoluntEARS are committed to supporting and inspiring communities by dedicating our time and skills to help kids and families in need. Time Please is a unique platform that allows kids and families to spend meaningful time together for social good,” shared Veronica Cabalinan, Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company, Philippines. “We believe that it is our collective responsibility to be at the service of the community where we live.”
According to Charities Aid Foundation's (CAF) World Giving Index 2017, the Philippines ranked 7th for the highest number of people volunteering their time with 25 million Filipinos rendering volunteer hours in 2016. This feat was achieved by the activities mobilized by the government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), companies, and educational institutions.
Running until August 19, 2018, Time Please is open to individuals willing and capable to do volunteer work. A group should have a minimum of two and a maximum of four individuals to join. The group should nominate a team leader who is at least 18 years of age with an active Globe or TM number to register. Globe and Disney are also making the activity more rewarding by giving the group with the most number of volunteer hours registered at the end of the campaign an all-expense paid trip to Hong Kong Disneyland.