NTC to telcos: Speed up restoration of services in quake-hit areas
MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has ordered all public telecommunication firms to fast-track the repair and restoration of their services in areas affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that jolted Abra and other parts of Luzon on Wednesday.
The memorandum, dated July 27, was signed by NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba. It calls for the “strict compliance” of all telecommunication entities.ADVERTISEMENT
“As earlier discussed, you are hereby directed to fast-track the repair and restoration of telecommunication services in the service areas severely affected by the earthquake in Abra this morning,” the memorandum read.
The NTC further instructed them to “ensure that there are [a] sufficient number of technical and support personnel and standby generators with extra fuel, tools and spare equipment in the affected areas.”
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. later echoed the order when he enjoined all concerned agencies to prioritize the restoration of communication lines and electricity in the earthquake-hit areas.
The NTC – hours after the monster earthquake centered in the town of Lagangilang, Abra – also directed public telecommunication firms to set up a free call and charging stations in key areas affected by the earthquake.