GLOBE Telecom Inc. said it has completed upgrading cell towers with long-term evolution (LTE) technology in Semirara Island.

In a Friday statement, the listed telecommunications provider said it worked with Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) on the project, which will benefit the over 19,000 residents of the island in Caluya, Antique where the latter’s mine site is located.

“Digital inclusion is a huge undertaking because it requires cooperation from a broad set of stakeholders — private enterprises, local residents, and local government. We are happy that the stakeholders have given their support so we can bring about change that would eventually result to a more progressive island community,” Globe President and CEO Ernest L. Cu was quoted in the statement.

At the same time, Mynt — a partnership between Globe, the Ayala Corp., and China-based Ant Financial — is providing SMPC with a modern payroll solution that allows the company to easily disburse salaries, loans, or allowances.

“Through GCash, SMPC employees can send money to other GCash users anywhere in the Philippines — perhaps to their relatives in other parts of the country — for free, and within seconds. It also allows them to pay bills at the comfort of their homes, and without falling in line at automated teller machines,” the statement read.

SMPC employs over 3,300 in Semirara island and nearby areas. — Janina C. Lim