Smart Communications Inc. and Sun Cellular network services remained fully available despite the strong winds and heavy rains dumped by tropical storm Mario onto Luzon, company officials said on Friday.
The two cellular providers did admit that a few sites were affected due to the shutdown of commercial power in areas experiencing severe flooding, but said that other sites continued to provide coverage.
“Rains are still expected over the weekend so we encourage the public to keep their mobile phones, radios and emergency lights fully charged and to be ready with their own emergency supplies,” the companies added.
To provide assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Mario, Smart and Sun Cellular have opened Libreng Tawag [Free Call] Centers for affected residents in Tonsuya Elementary School, Malabon City; Sto. Domingo Church, Quezon City; and Maybunga Covered Court, Stella Mariz, Pasig City. More Libreng Tawag Centers are expected to be opened later.
Smart and Sun have also joined Tulong Kapatid Foundation and PLDT-Smart Foundation in conducting relief efforts for affected communities.
The company said that these initiatives for network resiliency, rapid response and disaster preparedness are part of Smart and Sun’s #SafePH advocacy which was launched in late 2012 and is conducted year-round.