PLDT wireless unit Smart has fully restored mobile services in the entire Bicol region after it was hit by two strong typhoons this month. Super Typhoon Rolly was the first to pummel the region early this month with strong winds and torrential rains.

PLDT and Smart were quick to deploy their repair and restoration teams utilizing their transportation assets and working with the Philippine Air Force. This allowed Smart to be the first telco to reconnect Catanduanes to the rest of the country just three days after #RollyPH passed.

pldt-smart-bicolThe company also activated Libreng Tawag, WiFi, Charging, and Load stations in different parts of Bicol to ensure that affected residents were able to reconnect and communicate with their loved ones.


Repairs were temporarily hampered when Typhoon Ulysses struck Camarines Norte less than two weeks after Rolly made landfall. Smart teams worked around the clod to restore affected services though once it was safe to do so.

MVP Group Chairman, Manuel V. Pangilinan attributed the speedy restoration to the engineers and technicians who worked tirelessly to ensure that communications lines will be back. “Our brave linemen of Meralco and PLDT-Smart have been working 24/7 to restore power and telco services in the Bicol region after a series of typhoons hit the Philippines,” Pangilinan said in a Tweet.

In addition, PLDT and Smart teamed up with the PLDT-Smart Foundation, Alagang Kapatid Foundation, and local officials to distribute relief packs to residents who suffered the effects of the two typhoons.

pldt-smart-pili-bicolPLDT-Smart turned over around 200 relief packs to the Parish of St. Therese in San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur last Monday to be distributed to families that were affected by #UlyssesPH. At least 18,500 relief goods containing food and water have been previously distributed to affected families in the region through Tulong Kapatid.

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