Please help us reach our families in the Philippines by temporarily waiving long-distance fees.
  • Petitioning Nadir Mohamed

This petition will be delivered to:

President, Rogers Communications
Nadir Mohamed
Corporate Social Responsibility Office
Telus
Customer Relations
Telus
Corporate Social Responsibility Office
Bell Canada (Corporate Social Responsibility Office)

Please help us reach our families in the Philippines by temporarily waiving long-distance fees.

    1. KD Faustino
    2. Petition by

      KD Faustino

      Calgary, Canada

Since Typhoon Haiyan devastated much of the Philippines last Friday, my friends, family and I in Canada have been desperately trying to find out if our loved ones in the Philippines are safe.

We are all doing as much as possible to fundraise, but many have not heard any news of our families and have not been able to get through because phone lines have been down, (although we expect them up shortly). I am grateful that I know my mother's family in the province of Cebu, which was also hit badly by the storm, are safe, but most people I know are calling and calling, just waiting for any sign of hope.

To help our community I'm asking major Canadian phone companies Rogers, Bell and Telus to please be compassionate and waive long-distance fees to the Philippines temporarily, so that once the phone lines are back up, we can locate our friends and family without worrying about massive phone bills. AT&T and Verizon are already doing this in the US, and Sprint is considering it as well. 

We're hearing that over 10,000 have been killed, that survivors are getting sick and are at high risk of dying still. 9 million have been affected and 600,000 have been forced from their homes. There is only one road open to reach the most affected city which is Tacloban and it takes 6 hours to get there from the docks. The airport is closed as there is no telecommunication signal at all available in the area and the only way to get to them is by sea transportation.

This is an incredibly stressful time for us and most of us feel helpless as we are thousand miles away from home. We worry about our friends and family and we are working on raising funds and send as much support as possible home. However, many in the Filipino Canadian community, especially those who came here to send money home to support their families, do not even have the extra money to worry about huge phone bills either.

I know these companies care since they have already made donations to the Red Cross, are allowing us to text to donate, and Telus is even waiving long distance call fees for calls from land lines until Thursday. However phone lines in the typhoon ravaged areas probably won't be even up until Thursday, so I hope Rogers, Bell and Telus will support our communities by waiving fees for long-distance calls from both landlines and cell phones and helping the Filipino Canadian community find our loved ones and have a little peace of mind.

Please help me make this request by signing my petition. 

To donate to the Red Cross relief fund for those affected by the Typhoon click here.

Photo by: AP/Bullit Marquez

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 17,500 signatures
    2. AT&T & Verizon in the US gives free phone calls & texts to Philippines

      KD Faustino
      Petition Organizer

      AT&T and Verizon are giving helping families stay connected with free calls and texts to the Philippines from land lines AND cell phones. Sprint is considering it too! Makes so much sense for Canadian companies to do the same!!

      http://www.boston.com/business/technology/2013/11/12/verizon-waive-fees-contact-philippines/yotuS8YSQvNSche9wT5pIO/story.html

      AT&T, Verizon waive fees to contact Philippines

      NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T and Verizon are offering free calls and texts to the Philippines for customers trying to contact friends and family there in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. AT&T wireless customers will be eligible for unlimited calls and texts until Nov. 30.

    3. TELUS extends their free home phone calls in AB/BC only

      KD Faustino
      Petition Organizer

      Originally Telus had said it was waiving free calls from landlines in AB and BC until November 14. SO THANKFUL they're extending to November 30th. But still, what about Telus' mobile customers in the rest of Canada? Telus, could you waive fees for calls to the Philippines from cellphones (for the rest of Canada) too?

    4. Here is what Telus, Bell and Rogers are doing right now.

      KD Faustino
      Petition Organizer

      Telus
      - Free long distance calls from landlines only in Alberta and BC to the Philippines
      - $ 100,000.00 donation ($50,000.00 to Red Cross and $50,000.00 through the Telus International Community Board)
      - Text ROUGE or REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5.00 to the Red Cross.'
      - News stations TFC (channel 2602) and CNN International (channel 827) will be free for the next week.

      Bell
      - Text ROUGE or REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5.00 to the Red Cross.
      - $100,000.00 donation to the Red Cross.
      - Several free news channels until November 24: GMA Pinoy TV (Channel 723), Filipino TV (Channel 725), GMA News TV (Channel 856 Fibe), GMA Pinoy TV (Channel 857 Fibe), The Filipino Channel (Channel 859 Fibe), Filipino TV (Channel 860 Fibe)

      Rogers
      - Text ROUGE or REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5.00 to the Red Cross.
      - $50,000.00 donation to the Red Cross.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Aubrey Clavines ROCKAWAY, NY
      • 5 months ago

      I haven't seen my family in the Philippines since the storm

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    • Danielle Fleury TORONTO, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      Simple basic humanity and compassion.

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    • Jennifer Lyall BURLINGTON, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      please show compassion and consider opening your hearts to help loved ones know each other is safe~

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    • Jill Brading LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      This would be a very humane gesture from companies that can afford to reach a helping hand to those in need.

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    • Janet Blair POWELL RIVER, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      I understand their frustration and fear for their family,s safety.

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