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Smart continues relief efforts for communities affected by Maring

Manuel V. Pangilinan
PLDT and Smart chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan joins relief efforts in Taguig City

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is continuing its relief and emergency response efforts in various communities affected by Maring. Smart network services continue to be fully operational due to network resiliency planning, preparedness and upgrade.

Libreng Tawag operations are ongoing in Olongapo City (Sta. Rita Elementrary School in Brg. Sta. Rita and in Sta. Rita High School in Tabacuhan). Free calls are also being provided to evacuees at the Sto. Domingo Church and Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School in Brg. Tatalon in Quezon City as well as at the Tonsuya Evacuation Center in Malabon City. Locations of other Libreng Tawag stations currently being set up will be announced via its official social media channels.

Meanwhile, Smart distributed relief goods today to the affected residents of Tanza, Cavite. In coordination with the Citizen Network for Disaster Response (CNDR), Smart also donated cooked food packs in Brgy. Tumana, Marikina, Catmon Brgy. Hall in Malabon City and Concepcion Integrated School in Marikina.

Employee and community partner volunteers have also joined relief goods repacking at the MERALCO offices in Ortigas City for the Tulong Kapatid disaster response initiative of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) group and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC).

Yesterday, PLDT and Smart Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan joined Tulong Kapatid volunteers in handing out ready-to-eat food packs to the evacuees housed at the Cayetano Memorial High School in Taguig City.

Tulong Kapatid has engaged in several relief efforts in the cities of Mandaluyong and Taguig yesterday. Smart provided cooked food packs and free calls to the affected communities while the rest of the member-companies gave water, blankets, relief goods and hygiene packs.

Thousands of residents in affected communities were able to able of Smart's Libreng Tawag services yesterday in twelve major areas which include Malanday Elementary School and Bulelak Covered Court (Marikina), Sta. Ana Elementary School (San Mateo), SRCC Memorial High School (Taguig City), Poblacion, Binan and Brgy. Landayan, San Pedro (Laguna), Sto. Domingo Church and Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School, Brgy. Tatalon (Quezon City), Potrero Elementary School (Malabon), Brgy. Villamor (Pasig City), Mandaluyong Elementary School (Pasig), and Brgy. 183 Villamor (Pasay City).

Smart is also accepting relief goods such as canned goods, bottled water and rice through its Jump Centers in Cebu, Davao and Megamall. Subscribers who wish to donate can also drop them off at the Alagang Kapatid Foundation, TV 5 office in Novaliches, Quezon City and at the Meralco Covered Tennis Court, Meralco Compound in Ortigas City.

In line with its disaster preparedness and emergency response advocacy, Smart is working with local government and private sector partners to continue providing relief and support to those affected by Typhoon Maring.

Source: Smart Communications

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