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Telcos restore partial services in Tacloban City

In this aerial image, damaged airport is seen Saturday Nov. 9, 2013 after powerful typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name: Yolanda) passed Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines. AP

The country’s largest telecommunications companies have restored partial services to Tacloban City, one of the areas hardest hit by typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Telcos assure mobile services will keep going

If text messaging, calls and data services are disrupted by typhoon Yolanda, it will not be for long assured telecommunications companies. In press statements, Smart & Sun Cellular as well as Globe Telecom said they have disaster-preparedness programs in place that will facilitate continued services during the storm. Smart Communications, with affiliate companies Sun Cellular [...]

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Cebu, Bohol airports reopen hours after quake

Mactan-Cebu International Airport. CDN FILE PHOTO

Airport operations in Cebu and Bohol were affected Tuesday morning after a deadly earthquake hit Bohol and other parts of Visayas and Mindanao

Posted: October 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Telco, Red Cross team up anew for typhoon efforts

SMART Communications and Philippine Red Cross Iloilo have once more joined forces to assist the typhoon victims in Iloilo.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in CDN - Community,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Smart services normalized in ‘Pablo’-ravaged provinces


Smart Communications Inc. has normalized services in many of the provinces hit hard by Typhoon “Pablo,” and has put up free call and charging stations there.

Posted: December 7th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Telcos back National Thanksgiving Mass

Millions of Filipinos all over the world will be able to join the National Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod in Cebu City, in real time, via the Internet. This will be possible through the support of wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and its parent firm PLDT to the Archdiocese of Cebu.

Posted: November 30th, 2012 in CDN - Community,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Telcos to buck lower interconnect rates, refund order

TELECOMMUNICATIONS giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications will file motion for consideration on the recent memorandum issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) lowering interconnection rates and requiring mobile operators to give refund to their subscribers for the alleged excess charge for text messages.

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 in CDN - Enterprise,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

3 child workers rescued


Labor officials rescued three child laborers from a construction site in Negros Occidental recently. In a report to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, DOLE Region 6 Director Ponciano Ligutom Jr. said the minors, aged 16-17 years old, were found working at an excavation site along the highway at Brgy. Calumangan, Bago City.

Posted: August 4th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Deal to benefit pupils in low performing schools in Bohol

A TOTAL of 77 pupils from grades 1 to 3 of Catarman Elementary School in barangay Catarman, Dauis town, Bohol will benefit from mentoring sessions after telecommunications company and Holy Name University(HNU) signed an agreement to implement smart CommuniTeach in school.

Posted: October 10th, 2011 in CDN - Community,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Smart boosts health info

A more efficient registration system of patients, consultations and medical services rendered is now in place to benefit the province of Iloilo. Smart Communications Inc., the Department of Health (DoH) and representatives of regional and provincial hospitals and health units in Iloilo recently signed a covenant to implement a system called SHINE (or Secured Health [...]

Posted: June 10th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Endangered wildlife collateral damage in Spratlys row


MANILA, Philippines—Endangered marine animals have become collateral damage in the long-standing dispute over the Spratlys, an oil-rich group of islands in the South China Sea claimed by six countries including the Philippines, a leading environmental advocate said. Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, chief executive officer of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines, expressed concern over [...]

Posted: June 3rd, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Councilor defends tax relief ordinance, slams critic


MANILA, Philippines—A councilor has cried foul over a court petition filed by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim that called for the nullification of a recently approved ordinance that granted tax breaks to Smart Communications Inc. Councilor Joel Chua particularly criticized city legal officer Renato de la Cruz, who acted as Lim’s counsel in the filing of [...]

Posted: May 23rd, 2011 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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