Solons want telcos probed for not sending typhoon alert messages

admin   •   December 27, 2016   •   3493

 

FILE PHOTO: A man using his mobile device

Some lawmakers want to investigate into the alleged violation of telecommunication companies on the provision of the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act or the law that obliges telcos to send alert messages to their subscribers regarding typhoons.

Bayan Muna representative Carlos Zarate has filed a resolution in the Lower House to investigate on telecommunications company if they are doing their mandate under the Republict Act Number 10639 or the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act.

Congressman Zarate argues that the telcos and the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) should strictly adhere with the provisions of the said law, for the welfare of the citizens particularly those who were affected by the typhoon.

The proposal rooted from complaints coming from subscribers who alleged that they did not receive any text alerts when Typhoon Lawin hit the country in October.

Under the “Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act,” telcos are mandated to send alerts or information regarding calamities or incoming typhoon to their subscribers.

WATCH: Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act, to expedite information dissemination in times of calamity 

Ako Bicol partylist representative Alfredo Garbin wants to discuss the issue on the deliberation of the franchise renewal of several telcos.

This was also because Rep. Garbin himself, who is presently in Bicol, did not receive text alerts regarding Typhoon Nina.

“Smart, we already approved on third and final reading in the House. But the franchise of Globe is still pending, so we will include it when deliberation comes on the applications of their franchise,” said Garbin.

Telecom companies found violating the provisions of the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts law will be fined up to P10 million and suspension or revocation of their respective franchise or permits. — Nel Maribojoc |UNTV News and Rescue

Reported deaths due to Typhoon Odette climbs to 400 – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of reported deaths due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette has exceeded 400, the National Disaster Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Friday.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC recorded 405 fatalities, while 82 persons were reported missing and 1,147 were injured.

The typhoon affected a total of 4,457,846 individuals or 1,139,148 families in 11 regions.

Areas affected include Palawan, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Southern Leyte, Leyte, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte.

A total of 532,096 houses were damaged during the typhoon with an estimated cost of P28,163,718, the NDRRMC said.

The damage to infrastructure was pegged at ₱ 16,715,368,482.11 while the cost of damage to agriculture was estimated at P6,683,206,250.24.

The NDRRMC also noted that the power supply has been restored in 205 out of 284 cities and municipalities that experienced power outages following the typhoon’s onslaught.

Seventeen areas in MIMAROPA, Region 10, CARAGA, and CARAGA are still without water supply.

Meanwhile, telecommunication services have been restored in 79 out of 165 cities and municipalities affected by the calamity, the NDRRMC said.

Reported deaths due to Odette nears 400 – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly 400 people were reported killed due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed.

In an update released on Tuesday, the NDRRMC said the death toll has climbed to 397.

The number of missing persons also rose to 83 from Monday’s 64 while a total of 1,147 people have been reported injured.

The typhoon affected a total of 4,235,400 persons or 1,082,910 families in 11 regions.

The NDRRMC also reported a total of 508,785 damaged houses due to Odette, with an estimated cost of P28,163,718.

Around 325 infrastructures were also damaged due to the typhoon, amounting to P16,715,334,982.11.

The typhoon’s estimated cost of damage to agriculture was at P5,342,538,557.25.

The agency said that power supply has been restored in 161 out of 284 areas that experienced power outage in MIMAROPA, Region 6, Region 7, Region 8, Region 9, Region 10, Region 11, CARAGA, and Bangsamoro region.

A total of 18 cities/ municipalities are still without water supply while 371 areas faced issues in telecommunications.

Deaths due to Typhoon Odette now at 389 – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The reported number of fatalities due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette has climbed to 389, latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its report released on Monday, the NDRRMC said 64 people are reported missing while 1,146 were injured.

The typhoon affected a total of 4,204,601 persons or 1,074,169 families in 11 regions.

The NDRRMC also reported a total of 506,404 damaged houses due to Odette, with an estimated cost of P28,163,718.

Around 276 infrastructures were also damaged due to the typhoon, amounting to P16,711,209,182.11.

The agency said that power supply has been restored in 154 out of 284 areas that experienced power outage in MIMAROPA, Region 6, Region 7, Region 8, Region 9, Region 10, Region 11, CARAGA, and Bangsamoro region.

A total of 18 cities/ municipalities experienced water supply outage while 371 areas faced issues in telecommunications.

The typhoon’s estimated cost of damage to agriculture was at P5,315,842,606.17.

A total of 334 cities/municipalities in MIMAROPA, Region 6, Region 8, CARAGA had declarations of State of Calamity, the NDRRMC said.

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