Tropical storm Sendong brought widespread devastations in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City and other nearby areas in Mindanao. To aid the victims reach out to their families, Smart sets up “œLibreng Tawag” stations in key locations in affected areas.
As early as Saturday morning, Smart immediately set up Libreng Tawag stations in evacuation centers and barangay halls in affected areas of Macasandig, Carmen, Kauswagan and Velez St. in Cagayan De Oro City; and Camanjac and Batinguel in Dumaguete City where a state of calamity has also been declared. Additional free calls facilities are also
being put up by the telco in other typhoon-hit areas especially within CDO and Iligan City to provide communication and free phone charging services to affected residents.
These libreng tawag stations offer free calls, free phone charging, and in some sites, free Internet communications.
“œOur mobile phone network continued to operate despite the horrific flash floods and widespread power outages,” said Ramon Isberto, head of Smart’s Public Affairs. “œThis has enabled Smart personnel and our provincial dealers to set up libreng tawag centers the morning after.”
“œSmart employees based in the region have been deployed to affected areas to assess the situation and to respond to the needs of the residents in coordination with local official and emergency organizations like the Philippine Red Corss,” Isberto said.
How Smart subscribers can help
Smart has also actively called on its subscribers all over the country to send help to those affected by typhoon Sendong.
Smart Money users can instantly transfer funds through their mobile phones to the official Baha Fund account number 5577 5130 6822 1104. Donors may also deposit cash to the same Smart Money account number in any Banco De Oro branch nationwide or through Hapinoy and Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.
Smart subscribers may also send their financial help to the Philippine Red Cross through text. To donate, cellphone users should send RED <AMOUNT> to 4143. Valid donation amounts are 10, 25, 50 and 100 and will be charged to the subscriber’s prepaid load or postpaid bill.