I was really saddened when I heard the new about the collision between MV St. Thomas Aquinas of of 2Go Shipping Lines and MV Sulcon Express 7, a property of Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corporation (PSACC, formerly called Sulpicio Lines). The collision took away the lives of more than 30 people, including the young and the helpless ones. It really gives me pain in my heart everytime I see this tragedy in the television, and read some of the updates over Facebook News Feeds and different Internet sites. As a freediver, I honestly want to take part in the search operation, but with my current skills in freediving, it is impossible for me to reach the 100 feet sea bed, where the MV St. Thomas Aquinas is lying right now.
But as a blogger, this is my way of helping the victims of the tragic incident: to share a very helpful way for the survivors to communicate with their families who are really worried about their situations.
Globe has actually set up areas where survivors can call their love-ones from any local, national and international numbers for free. The first Globe Libreng Tawag Center is located in Pier 4 Terminal in Port Area, where about 300 passengers are temporarily staying right now. The second Libreng Tawag Center is situated in Sugbutel, a hostel which also gives shelter to other passengers who survived the collision. Calls and texts made at any Libreng Tawag Centers are free of charge and will be stationed at the mentioned sites until the situations gets stable.
I salute Globe for having this wonderful idea. This is really indeed helpful especially for the victims of the tragedy for them to relay to their families and friends that they are safe and sound. With these Libreng Tawag Centers, communication between the survivors and their families is not a problem anymore.