DITO Telco sets commercial launch in Visayas, Mindanao on March 8

Robie de Guzman   •   March 2, 2021   •   2520

MANILA, Philippines – DITO Telecommunity Corp., the country’s new major telecommunications player, on Tuesday, released the list of key areas in Visayas and Mindanao where its services will be initially available as it sets to commercially rollout on March 8.

In an advisory, DITO said its services will be initially available in the following areas:

METRO CEBU

  • Carcar
  • Cebu City
  • Consolacion
  • Danao
  • Liloan
  • Mandaue
  • Minglanilla
  • Naga
  • San Fernando
  • Talisay

METRO DAVAO

  • Panabo
  • Tagum
  • Carmen
  • Davao City
  • Digos

In a virtual press briefing, DITO Telecom chief administrative officer Atty. Adel Tamano said the company’s services will first be launched in Visayas and Mindanao areas and will eventually make its way to the rest of the country.

Tamano said starting the telco’s commercial rollout in Mindanao is a “sentimental” decision to honor its origin.

“Ang desisyon talaga na magsimula sa Mindanao kasi yung roots po ng Dito ay Mindanao talaga. Ang original name talaga ng DITO is Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company at ang purpose ng initial franchise ng DITO was to serve Mindanao,” he said.

“Kaya naisip namin na maganda ang unang commercial rollout hindi sa Manila kundi sa Mindanao specifically sa Davao at Visayas na rin specifically sa Cebu,” he added.

Tamano said DITO Telecom’s initial commercial operations will be limited to mobile services but will be expanded to included broadband services by the middle of the year.

The telco’s commitment was to deliver 37.03% national population coverage within a minimum average broadband speed of 27 megabits per second (Mbps) in its first year of operations.

But based on the findings of an independent technical audit, DITO’s minimum average broadband speed were recorded at 85.9 Mbps for 4G and 507.5 Mbps for 5G.

The telco is operated by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corporation, Udenna’s subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Holdings Inc. and China Telecommunications Corp. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Reported deaths due to Odette climb to 326, 58 missing – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The number of reported deaths due to Typhoon Odette has reached 326, the latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed.

In its report released on Friday, a total of 58 people were reported missing, while 661 others were injured due to the onslaught of Odette in many areas in the Visayas and Mindanao.

A total of 3,380,167 persons or 870,334 families from 5,508 barangays in 11 regions were affected by the calamity, it added.

Affected regions include MIMAROPA, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, CARAGA, and Bangsamoro.

Electricity has been restored in 149 out of 273 cities and municipalities that experienced power outages following the storm, the NDRRMC said.

Three cities and municipalities are still without access to water while 371 areas are still experiencing communication problems.

The NDRRMC noted that Odette damaged a total of 348,642 houses, around P3.9 billion worth of infrastructures, and more than P2 billion worth of crops, livestock, and fisheries.

A total of 126 ports were reported non-operational or had suspended trips. Of which, 72 ports resumed operations in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Region 5, Region 7, Region 9, Region 10, the NDRRMC said.

At least 1,353 passengers, 697 rolling cargoes, and 4 vessels were stranded.

A total of 343 cities/municipalities were declared under a state of calamity, the NDRRMC said.

China sends 20,000 relief packs to Odette-hit areas

Robie de Guzman   •   December 21, 2021

The government of China is sending food packages for those affected by Typhoon Odette in Visayas and Mindanao areas, its Embassy in Manila said Tuesday.

In a statement, the Chinese Embassy said relief packages worth P8 million pesos are on its way to areas devastated by the typhoon.

These areas include Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro City, Surigao City, and Negros Oriental.

Each package contains five kilograms of rice, 10 canned food and 10 noodles pack, it added.

“Our hearts go out to all the Filipino families who were devastated by Typhoon Odette which has caused massive casualties as well as property loss,” the statement read.

“China will do its utmost to continue its firm support to the disaster relief efforts of the Philippine government and the Filipino people. We wish all those affected could overcome the difficulties and rebuild their homes at an early date.” It added.

In addition to food packages, China also sent 4.725 million kilograms of rice to typhoon-hit areas.

The embassy said about 1.5 million kilograms were allocated for Cebu, while the 3.225 million kilograms in Manila will be transported to other areas.

“We thank the Philippine government, in particular the Department of Social Welfare and Development for their great efforts in urgently distributing these rice to those Filipino families in need,” it said.

Typhoon Odette left many casualties and a trail of destruction when it battered many parts of the Visayas and Mindanao last week.

Local authorities fear the death toll could still go up in the coming days as verification process continues.

Signal No. 1 up over parts of Visayas, Mindanao as ‘Lannie’ nears landfall

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Depression Lannie is about to make  landfall in the vicinity of Southern Leyte,  the state weather bureau said on Monday morning.

Based on PAGASA’s 8:00 a.m. weather bulletin, the center of TD Lannie was estimated, based on all available data, over the coastal waters of Liloan, Southern Leyte.

Moving west northwestward at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour (kph), the ‘Lannie’ has maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

On the forecast track, the tropical depression will move generally west northwestward over the Visayas archipelago until Monday evening (October 4) or tomorrow early morning (October 5).

Afterwards, the depression may make another landfall in the vicinity of northern Palawan or Calamian Islands tomorrow morning before emerging over the West Philippine Sea. PAGASA said Lannie will remain a tropical depression, with a possibility of slight intensification once over the Sulu Sea or West Philippine Sea.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) no. 1 has been raised in the following areas:

Visayas

The southern portion of Masbate (Pio V. Corpuz, Cataingan, Palanas, Dimasalang, Uson, Mobo, Milagros, Mandaon, Esperanza, Placer, Cawayan, Balud), the southern portion of Romblon (Cajidiocan, San Fernando, Magdiwang, Santa Maria, Odiongan, Alcantara, Ferrol, Looc, Santa Fe, San Jose), the southern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Roxas, Mansalay, Bulalacao, Bongabong), the southern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan, Calintaan, Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay), and the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli) including Calamian and Cuyo Islands. Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, the northern and central portions of Negros Oriental (Bais City, Mabinay, City of Bayawan, Basay, City of Tanjay, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, City of Guihulngan, Vallehermoso, Canlaon City), Cebu, and Bohol.

Mindanao

Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, the northern portion of Agusan del Norte (Magallanes, Remedios T. Romualdez, City of Cabadbaran, Tubay, Santiago, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Butuan City), the northern portion of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat, City of Bayugan, Prosperidad), and the northern portion of Surigao del Sur (San Miguel, Marihatag, San Agustin, Cagwait, Bayabas, Tago, City of Tandag, Cortes, Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid, Cantilan, Carrascal, Lianga)

Today through tomorrow morning, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are likely over Visayas, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, and Caraga Region. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Bataan, and the rest of Mindanao.

Lannie is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday morning (October 7). AAC

 

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