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Smart provides emergency communications support at Rizal quake drill

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Smart Communications is proving its readiness for natural disasters, equipping the province of Rizal with emergency communications support during the latter's quake drill.
Smart provides emergency communications support at Rizal quake drill
Smart provides emergency communications support at Rizal quake drill

In a statement, the PLDT wireless unit said it provided multi-equipment on wheels (MEOW) portable cell site and satellite communications suite, and provided libreng tawag (free calls) assistance during the quake drill. 

Smart added this was part of its vision to support the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in preparation for the Big One or the projected magnitude 7.2-earthquake situation. 

Ramon Isberto, PLDT and Smart public affairs head, stressed this also showed the group is committed to its plan of advancing the nation with technologies. 

"Our various communication tools, including the cellular and data services themselves, are part of our #SafePH advocacy, which aims to help build more resilient communities and reduce disaster risk," he said. 

Smart has also invested more than PHP 500 million to purchase Emergency Cell Broadcast System (ECBS) to comply with the government's mandate to send free mobile alerts in the event of natural and man-made disasters and calamities.

Using the ECBS, Smart is able to inform affected citizens regarding evacuation notices, as well as earthquake and tsunami warnings. 

During calamities, the firm is ready to extend support for residents and responders, offering free SMS, calls, charging, and Wi-Fi. 

The other programs under Smart’s #SafePH include TNT Tropang Ready, which tours schools nationwide to educate the youth on preparedness and empower them to mobilize their communities in times of calamities; and the Batingaw disaster management app, which allows users to report incidents and features tools such as a flashlight, a siren, a radio, and a directory of emergency contact numbers.

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