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Stronger connections to improve educational experience as UM and Globe Telecom break ground for site tower at Matina campus

Dr. Torres and Mr. Solomon Juada Jr., Globe’s Cluster Sales Head for Field Sales Operations for Mindanao seal the partnership with a handshake at the signing of the memorandum of conferment yesterday.

Realizing the need for students to have better access to the internet and stay connected in today’s digitally-inclined academic environment, the University of Mindanao and Globe Telecom furthered their partnership as officials broke ground Tuesday, February 4 for a site tower at the Matina campus.

This story appeared on Page 10 of the February 5, 2020 issue of Mindanao Times. Click on the photo to download a copy.

The Globe tower is set to boost connectivity strength so UM’s academic community can have better access to learning materials, and to each other; via the internet whether through their Globe cellphone data or through Globe’s free WiFi service, accessible at strategic points in the 28-hectare Matina campus.

UM President Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr. in his address thanked the officials from Globe Telecom, adding that their partnership only boosts the university’s initiatives into going digital.

UM executives Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr., Chief Information Officer Mr. Edgardo O. Castillo (right, seated) and Compliance Officer Mr. Paolo D. Torres (in maroon), witness the memorandum signing ceremony with Globe executives Mr. Solomon Juada Jr. and Ms. Celeste Porto, Head of Marketing for Small and Medium Business Groups; and witnesses Mr. Narciso Diaz (standing, far left) and Mr. Lennard Cordero.

“Everything is turning digital and the university is preparing for this new industrial revolution which entails a lot of digital and artificial intelligence. We already started with implementing learning management systems, which also needs a lot of signal from using the internet. We hope your services will in turn, make ours much faster,” he said.

Globe’s Regional Sales Head Ric Aquino in his address said the move is not merely to improve text, internet, and call services for their UMian subscribers, but serves as a way for Globe to “empower Filipino students with world-class learning technologies.”

Dr. Torres Jr. with Globe and UM executives at the site for groundbreaking of the Globe tower.

“It is Globe’s way of supporting digitally native learners,” he added.

The cellphone tower is set for construction within this month, and slated for completion in three to six months’ time, said Rosauro Batan, representing Globe’s Access Engineering and Performance Management for Mindanao.

UM and Globe executives and officers pose for posterity as the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Globe tower located at UM Matina campus is completed.

UM and Globe’s partnership began in 2017 when the university signed on for the Digital Thumbprint Program, which aims to help schools “understand the importance of online security and business models and the impact of being digitally connected,” according to Globe, as well as putting up the GoWiFi service at UM Matina, Bolton, and Tagum campuses which provides free 30 minutes of internet connection.

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