Iloilo disaster responders to get free phones-A A +A
Monday, December 23, 2013
ILOILO – Disaster responders composed of barangay leaders, social workers and volunteer peacekeepers will receive free cellular phones from Smart Communications.
The mobile phone and internet service subsidiary of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) donated a total of 432 units of Nokia 105 phones to three of Yolanda’s hardest-hit towns in Iloilo – Carles, Estancia and Concepcion.
Smart Community Partnership Manager Joyce Panaligan turned over the donations to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias and Carles Mayor Arnold Betita.
“These donations are also donations of Nokia to us and after Yolanda, we find it timely to also donate the phones to affected families, especially to the disaster responders who are in the frontline of the crisis,” Panaligan said.
Panaligan said the local government units will be responsible in identifying and distributing the phones to the rightful beneficiaries.
The phones will also have a P100 worth of prepaid load consumable within a month.
These phones will keep the communication on and hassle-free during the post-rehabilitation works of infrastructure and livelihood ruined by Yolanda.
Aside from these cellular phones, Smart Communications also previously installed satellite phones in the town proper of Sara, Carles and Estancia to allow survivors to contact their love ones and family for free. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno)