Thursday, July 07, 2005

Where Globe and Smart meet

Instead of blocking out the other, Globe Telecom Inc., headed by Gerardo Ablaza Jr., and Smart Communications Inc., headed by president and chief executive officer Napoleon Nazareno, have agreed to work together for a program called Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students or Gilas.

Basically, Gilas aims to provide Internet connectivity to all of the country’s 5,443 public high schools. The five-year program headed by Luigi Bernas is estimated to cost P1.5 billion.

Aside from the telcos, the program has raised funds from overseas Filipinos such as Russ Berrie & Co. (the company that produces those cute and huggable animals) vice-chairman Angelica Urra-Berrie.

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