Globe, Disney wrap up Time Please with 22.1 million volunteering hours

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Time Please winners John Mark Panares (2nd from left) and Jade Mabalos (middle) with Seshasaye Kanthamraju, Executive Director for Communications & Citizenship, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia (left), Miguel Bermundo, Director of Globe Citizenship and Advocacy Marketing (2nd from right) and JB Tan, Founder and Executive Director of iVolunteer Philippines (right).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — Time Please, a collaboration between Globe Telecom and The Walt Disney Company Philippines, wrapped up its three-month volunteering program with a staggering 22.1 million hours -- proving the Filipinos' inherent desire to make a difference in other people's lives and for the nation.

Black Orchid, a Bukidnon-based volunteer group composed of 50 active members, was awarded for clocking in 209 volunteer hours -- most number of hours contributed to Time Please.

The group participated in various activities such as planting trees, cleaning up rivers, as well as assisting persons with disability (PWD), among others.

Black Orchid leader John Mark Panares, 28, said the crew joined Time Please to "inspire others and to render service to the people and the community."

"We didn't do it for the prize. We just want to help," added Panares, an officer of the PWD Federation in Bukidnon who has been doing full-time volunteer work for eight years.

As a reward, members of the Black Orchid team were treated to an all-expenses paid trip to Hong Kong, including a tour of Hong Kong Disneyland.

Black Orchid is just one of over 50 non-government and government organizations that participated in Time Please from its launch in May until its culmination in August.

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Time Please partners include Gawad Kalinga, iVolunteer Philippines, Department of Education for Brigada Eskwela, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Boyscouts of the Philippines, Kris Library, Edicute Inc., Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid, Kythe Foundation Inc, Oikos Helping Hand, Philippine Toy Library, Special Olympics, Generation Hope, Yellow Warriors Society Philippines, Karinderia ni Mang Urot, Humanist Alliance Philippines International, and Mano Amiga Philippines.

Of the 22.1 million volunteering hours accumulated for Time Please, 12.8 million volunteer hours were rendered by the Department of Education's community of public school teachers and students, 8.2 million by volunteers under Gawad Kalinga, and 1.1 million from nationwide members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

In addition, 22,100 volunteer hours were allotted for sustainability efforts under the Ayala Group of Companies (Ayala Foundation, Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, Bank of the Philippine Islands, and Manila Water), 10,600 hours were rendered by employee volunteers of Globe Telecom, while 8,800 hours were from members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

"We had a goal to extend Globe Telecom's purpose-led culture to our customers through Time Please. With the help of technology, we want volunteering to be more accessible and to spread across all regions of the country in order to create positive societal impact," said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications.

"We are happy that we were not only able to meet that goal but also received overwhelming support from individuals and groups who clocked in millions in volunteering hours doing different acts of kindness which contributed to nation building."

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The Walt Disney Company's Southeast Asia Executive Director for Communications and Citizenship Sesha Kanthamraju meanwhile said that Disney is proud how "kids and families today are growing up with this basic value -- that by giving their time, they can make a difference in the communities where they live."

In the local setting, celebrities and online influencers took time to grace Time Please. Some cast members of the movie "Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral" led by award-winning actor John Arcilla helped packed 3,900 boxes of goods for communities struck by the recent calamities.

Actress Yayo Martinez as well as online influencers Fifth Solomon and Marlann Flores joined Globe employees in helping Rise Against Hunger pack 224 meals for kids who are nutritionally at risk. Similarly, cast members from Disney Philippines teamed up with Rise Against Hunger to pack 21,600 meals for close to 500 kids of Taguig Daycare Center.

Host Bianca Gonzalez also conducted a workshop for Globe Telecom's Digital Thumbprint Program in Taguig National Science High School. The activity aimed to equip students with skills for responsible online behavior and cyber wellness.

Other celebrity volunteers who participated in the event were Michael V, Marj Sia, Chuckie Dreyfus, Janella Salvador, Team Kramer, Janina Vela, Tracy Abad, DJ Cha Cha and daughter Saab, Rodel Flordeliz, Quark Henares, DJ Jhai Ho, Joj Agpangan, and Jai Agpangan.

As a national platform for volunteerism, Time Please encouraged and empowered Filipinos-- including companies, organizations, employees, and families-- to participate in existing volunteer programs. The program appealed to the Filipinos' strong culture of volunteerism rooted in the "bayanihan" spirit.

Time Please matched groups of volunteers with various volunteering opportunities around the country through the matching portal developed by Globe Future Maker winner iVolunteer Philippines and the volunteer portal of Gawad Kalinga.

Companies, organizations, or groups with existing volunteer programs also enlisted their volunteer activities in the platform to have their hours registered in the initiative.