PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications set up Libreng Tawag and Charging stations, and provided Smart Padala services free of charge in several locations in Batangas, following the series of earthquakes that struck the province over the weekend.
Immediately after the magnitude-6 tremor, Smart deployed its free calling, charging and money transfer assistance in front of the Mabini Municipal Hall to serve affected residents in the area.
While the services of PLDT, Smart and Sun remained fully operational in the province, electricity was intermittent, and in some areas, cut off completely as several structures were damaged by the quake.
Libreng Tawag, Charging and Smart Padala services were also deployed in Tingloy Island, Batangas.
In coordination with the Batangas Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and local government units, Smart also provided communication support and generator sets to aid response teams in their operations. The company also gave Wi-Fi access to the Office of Civil Defense’s Emergency Operations Center in Mabini.
In addition, Smart set up tents at the Batangas City community park to serve as temporary shelters for residents who needed to evacuate their homes in the aftermath of the earthquake.
“Smart recognizes the importance of communications as relief in times of calamities,” said Ramon R. Isberto, Smart public affairs head. “Our Libreng Tawag and Charging and Smart Padala services are ready for deployment to affected areas whenever the need arises.”
Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas, meanwhile, thanked Smart for the services rendered to the province. “The Mabini and Batangas City LGUs extend their appreciation to all those who have made this possible. Maraming salamat po.”
As part of its #SafePH advocacy, Smart promotes resiliency and timely response in times of calamities. The company has been on the forefront of disaster preparedness by striving to deliver immediate assistance through communications and technology, as well as relief aid.