Toll free calls to Bantay Bata #163 helpline for all Globe and TM mobile phone users will start November 18, after Globe and ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. joined forces to advocate for the health and safety of all Filipino children, a press release from the telecom company said.
Through the recent signing of a memorandum of agreement, the two parties will be able to strengthen the efforts of Bantay Bata in protecting disadvantaged and at-risk children through a nationwide network of social services, such rescue and rehabilitation, training and advocacy on child abuse prevention, rehabilitation of families in crisis, educational scholarships, community outreach and medical and dental missions.
By making Bantay Bata #163 toll-free for all Globe and TM Customers, it will become easier and safer to report, rescue and rehabilitate sick and abused children. Dialing the helpline also means hope for Filipino children and their families who are suffering in silence due to child abuse, the press release said.
Currently, children and youth in the Philippines continue to face huge challenges. According to last year’s report on the Situation Analysis of Children in the Philippines, two in three children experienced physical violence, two in five from psychological violence, one in four from sexual violence, and two in three from peer violence. Worse, violence against children often takes place at home.
The ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. is happy to connect with Globe to help in creating swifter communication for the Bantay Bata program. By making #163 toll free, it will be easier for more concerned citizens to report child abuse right away. The installation of Globe Prepaid WI-FIs in all Bantay Bata regional offices will also help change the way we get updates, making it easier to coordinate in various areas and offices, Jing Castaneda Velasco, program director of Bantay Bata 163, said in the press release.
“Globe has been leading the Philippines to become a digital nation while building ecosystems benefiting individuals, families, and businesses. Globe Business, for instance, has revolutionized enterprises by making them digitally accessible to their customers through the toll-free #hotline solution. Now, the same technology that we offer to companies can be used to protect Filipino children against all forms of violence," Albert de Larrazabal, Globe chief commercial officer said.*
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