NTC urges telcos to expedite services restoration ahead of Super Typhoon ‘Mawar’

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has directed all telecommunication companies to prioritize the repair and restoration of services in areas anticipated to be severely impacted by the approaching Super Typhoon ‘Mawar.’

In a memorandum, NTC commissioner Ella Blanca Lopez emphasized the need for telecom entities to ensure an adequate number of technical and support personnel, as well as standby generators with extra fuel, tools, and spare equipment in the targeted areas identified by the typhoon forecast.

Super Typhoon “Mawar” was last detected approximately 1,705 km East of Southeastern Luzon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). It is projected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday evening or Saturday early morning.

Lopez further instructed the deployment of “Libreng Tawag” (free call) and “Libreng Charging Stations” in strategic locations within the typhoon’s path.

She likewise reminded telco companies to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) and strictly observe health protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

“The Commission will expect status updates every six hours regarding ongoing restoration activities performed on your network and facilities, as well as a timeline for the full restoration of service,” Lopez said.

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