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Tech Round Up: As We Get Through COVID-19

Kyla G. Amadora

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In these trying times, we prove that even technology has a heart.  Below are some of the tech-related companies that are willing to lend a helping hand.

Smart Communications

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Smart Communications reaches out amidst the COVID-19 pandemic offering free SmartWifi on selected hospitals nationwide. SMART has also been helping LGU’s send out SMS Alerts through their Smart Infocast Platform regarding the pandemic. Smart users may also access official websites such as NDRRMC, DOH, and PIA through their mobile phones without data charges.  Subscribers can make calls without being charged to the 911 Emergency Hotline and 8888 Citizens Complaint Center.

No need to worry about paying your bills, Smart & PLDT will be having a 30-day extension for due bills. Online payment of bills are also available via Mobile App, PayMaya or Online Banking applications. For most of us who are now working from home, PLDT has provided a speed boost for Fibr subscribers. A minimum speed of 25 Mbps will be given until April 30; this is applicable to residents of Metro Manila and of Greater Manila (Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal.)

Globe Telecom

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Globe has given help to their subscribers during the COVID-19 Enhanced Community Quarantine and advices everyone to stay #SafeAtHome. Globe Telecom made Gie on Facebook Messenger operational to assist users on their inquiries; a skeleton staff will be working and manning services from 9am to 6pm. G-Community at the website will also be operational for any customer inquiries. Globe will be extending Bills Payment for 30-days or you may pay your bills online via Globe At Home App, GCash, PayMaya or Online banking applications.

To our healthcare workers who are in the frontline of the pandemic, Globe has reached out and offered unlimited internet connection via GoWifi at selected hospitals in Metro Manila. Globe also has free access to official websites such as NDRRMC and DOH. Globe customers may also subscribe to KonsultaMD and can get in touch with a doctor via the 79880 telehealth hotline without mobile call charges. This service provides immediate medical advice on COVID-19 symptoms.

GCash & PayMaya

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As we fear transmission of the virus, cashless payments is the only way to go in this COVID-19 crisis.  In this scenario, we can all rely on GCash and PayMaya.  Regardless of the 30-day extension of bills payment, you can pay and manage your bills via the GCash and the PayMaya App. These E-Wallets cover utilities and services such as Meralco, Maynilad, PLDT, Bank Transfers and payments, and so much more! GCash customers who are in good standing and due dates will have penalties waived.  Customers may pay their GCredit Bill through the GCash App without worrying about penalty fees.

GCash is lending a hand by supporting frontline healthcare workers and hospitals through the #FightCOVID19 campaign. To send support, GCash users will simply tap on the “Pay Bills” icon in their GCash apps, choose the “Others” tab, and click “FightCOVID19.” GCash users should enter their name and the amount that they are donating to confirm their donation.

Google

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Google has been on the frontline of information when it comes to the COVID-19 crisis. Google continues to help people find timely and useful information through their products, including Search, Maps and YouTube. The company has been promoting the “Do the Five” campaign which raises awareness of simple tips that people can do to stop the spread of disease. There are also SOS Alerts when the pandemic is searched, it is connected with the latest news and safety tips and links to authoritative information from WHO; Google has a 24-hour response team to stay in sync with the World Health Organization. In line with this, Google removes any misinformation regarding the disease.

Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine our country is going through, people are looking for information regarding business closures. Google Search and Google Maps will display if a place is “temporarily closed” — businesses should market themselves “temporarily closed” via Google My Business. Google has enabled productivity for remote users and students as they make G-Suite available at no cost until July 1, 2020.

 Other Telecommunication Companies

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Worry less on your Cable and Internet plans as Cignal, Converge, Planet and SKY subscribers are given a 30-Day Payment Extension from the given due date. Converge will not be disconnecting unpaid lines while the quarantine is in place. For SKY subscribers, they may access their account information and pay their bills through the SKY website or mobile app. Planet is made payable online through online banking from Metrobank and BancNet. Converge, SKY and Cignal will also be payable through GCash and PayMaya.

Viber Philippines 

Be fully informed with the latest updates as the Department of Health (DOH) launched a Viber community to disseminate official information regarding the novel coronavirus. To join simply search “DOH PH COVID-19” on the messaging app and click on “join” or you may click on this link  http://bit.ly/DOHPhCOVID-19 and you’re good to go!

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