Shortly after the devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the Visayas region, Smart and PLDT jumped into action to provide assistance to those affected.
The newtworks provided fixed and mobile internet devices, as well as load to the provincial agencies as they mounted rescue and relief operations in the area.
To assist the residents, Libreng Tawag and free mobile phone charging stations were put up at the City Hall, Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex and People’s Mansion – all in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Smart has also opened its cellsite along J. Clarin St. in Tagbilaran City for free mobile phone battery charging. They also provided several volunteer groups, such as the Chocolate Hills Amateur Radio League and Tarsier 117 with cellphone load to better coordinate rescue efforts.
“Communications play a crucial role during and in the aftermath of disasters. That’s why providing fast and timely disaster response support is standard practice for us.” said Ramon R. Isberto, spokesperson at PLDT and group head of Smart Public Affairs.
“More than just providing free call and power charging services to the affected communities, we also provide support to allow government and humanitarian agencies to coordinate rescue and relief efforts,” added Isberto.