Two overseas Filipino workers got a chance to ‘see’ their families back home on Valentine’s Day, courtesy of Cisco Systems.
As part of Cisco Philippines’ corporate social responsibility initiatives, the Pinoy Reunion program was started in January using the company’s Telepresence infrastructure to help overseas Filipino workers connect with their families back in the Philippines.
Virtual family portrait via Cisco Telepresence
“We are pleased to have the system operational in our office in Manila, as it will enable our employees, channel partners and customers here to tap on our global network of experts. In effect this is our window to the world,” Tep Misa, country manager, Cisco Philippines said. “Allowing OFWs to use the system to meet their loved ones made sense, as we would like as many people as possible to benefit from our technology.”
Last Valentine’s Day, Anette Villegas, an OFW in Hong Kong who has not been home for more than a year, reunited with her husband, Jason Villegas. They have been married for almost four years. Another OFW, Hassel Lanza, also in Hong Kong, met with her mother and her two children as part of the program.
“It is wonderful to be able to allow these women, upon whom so many Hong Kong people rely, to see and talk to their families back in Manila,” Barbara Chiu, general manager of Cisco Hong Kong, said. It is just one way that Cisco technology can be used to truly enable people from all walks of life to do things they never thought possible. As a member of the Hong Kong community for 20 years, Cisco is pleased to use our technology in such a meaningful way.”
Check out the Pinoy Reunion site here.