Since Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) struck the central Philippine islands on December 16, 2021, the Global ETC has coordinated with its global and local partners to manage government response efforts and humanitarian needs through the Philippines-led National ETC to support Institute for Information and Communication Technology (DICT).
- On February 23, an ICT technician from WFP Philippines established connectivity at the UN Hub in Maasin City using equipment provided by Ericsson Response.
- Connectivity was also established on March 1 at an INGO office in Surigao City shared by Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and CARE International.
- Following the relocation of the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Surigao City, the ETC restored connectivity services at the new location and expanded connectivity to the nearby logistics center and mobile storage unit on February 28.
The government and private sector continue efforts to restore public telecommunications and power infrastructure in the affected area. Connectivity is now available in most cities in Southern Leyte, Northern Mindanao and the islands in the Visayas regions.
Progress in restoring telecommunications on Dinagat and Siargao islands has been slower, but improvements have been made over the past week. Still, in many areas of the islands, particularly Dinagat Island, there is no data connection at all and very limited 2G coverage.
the Disaster connectivity map (DCM) ended its data collection campaign for the Philippines on February 14th. The campaign has been running since December 21 to show the status of connectivity access in affected areas compared to baseline measurements before the typhoon. The map is an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the ETC with support from the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA).