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Smart emergency communications deployed at nationwide quake drill

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications provided emergency communications support at the recent National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) in Cebu City.

A rescue worker uses Smart’s satellite phone during the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in Cebu City. Smart has deployed its multi-equipment on wheels, including its free calls and charging and satellite communication services, as part of the drill.

During the simulated 7.2-magnitude earthquake situation held at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command and Capitol Social Hall in Cebu City, Smart deployed its multi-equipment on wheels with provisions for free calling, charging stations and satellite communications services.

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Smart also provided LTE SIM packs to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the local government unit to beef up their communication activities.

NDRRMC Executive Director and OCD Administrator Ricardo Jalad (left) attends the nationwide earthquake drill in Cebu City.
Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum (right) and provincial government officials open the ceremonial start of the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in Cebu City.

Leading the nationwide quake drill in Cebu City were National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director and OCD Administrator Ricardo Jalad and Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary (DOST) Renato Solidum, among other key officials.

 

During the drill, Cebu provincial government workers assumed the duck, cover and hold position, while soldiers were deployed to the affected areas.

Cebu provincial government workers assume the duck, cover and hold position during the nationwide earthquake drill organized by NDRRMC and supported by Smart.As a member of the emergency telecommunications cluster of the NDRRMC, Smart has provided communication aid during calamities, including free calls and charging and satellite solutions to LGUs and response units.

“Communications as aid play a crucial role during disasters,” said Ramon R. Isberto, Smart public affairs head. “Our satellite services are a viable alternative to traditional fixed and wireless communications during extraordinary events especially when other infrastructure like power facilities are down.”

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Through its #SafePH advocacy, Smart promotes resilience in times of calamities using technology and communications as aid. The company’s disaster risk reduction initiatives, which include emergency mobile solutions and on-ground community caravans, have helped instill a culture of preparedness among its partners and the general public.

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