PLDT receives DICT citation for Odette response


PLDT Inc. (PLDT) was acknowledged last Friday, March 11, 2022, through its cellular business, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), for its excellent involvement and performance when Typhoon Odette destroyed the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

DICT Secretary Manny Caintic and DICT Undersecretary Allan Silor praised Smart’s exceptional achievement in providing communications service to communities impacted hard by Typhoon Odette at a modest ceremony conducted at the Alicia Hall of the Golden Prince Hotel in Cebu City.

“Odette’s damage to infrastructure was far greater than what Yolanda wrought, but with the help of our partners in the private sector like Smart, the government was able to restore communications to towns and provinces that were completely cut-off,” Sec. Caintic said.

“The immediate deployment of Smart’s quick response teams complemented DICT resources under its Government Emergency Communications System-Mobile Operations Vehicle for Emergency (GECS MOVE) program, a rapid deployable emergency communications system that aims to provide ICT-enabled support to disaster-stricken areas in the country,” according to Usec. Silor.

Other DICT Regional Directors spoke at the gathering on their experiences with Typhoon Odette and how Smart and its CSR programs assisted the communities with their fundamental necessities, not just communications.

Anthony Fernandez, Smart’s Manager for Regulatory Affairs, and Kent De La Calzada of PLDT Enterprise Group, who are overseeing the overall restoration of PLDT lines in the province, were there to accept the award.

“The government cannot thank Smart enough for its service to the country when Odette decimated the lives, businesses, and homes of our kababayans,” Sec. Caintic said of Smart as a partner, especially during disasters. Thank you, Smart, for allowing the government to respond to the most remote villages as soon as connectivity were restored.”

“Despite having 700 kilometers of aerial fiber cable impacted, 50 fallen cell towers, and 129 damaged sites, we were first to restore in the worst-hit regions owing to our network team’s swift response,” PLDT and Smart President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio stated.

Apart from repair operations, the PLDT group provided humanitarian help to 25,512 households in areas severely hit by Typhoon Odette. Panlilio continued, “We also reconnected thousands of residents with 72 free call, charging, and WiFi stations.”

Disaster preparedness and relief efforts by different PLDT and Smart entities, as well as the PLDT-Smart Foundation’s social outreach arm, emphasize the company’s overall goal of establishing a #SafeandSmart Philippines.

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