The National Telecommunications Commission on Wednesday ordered all affected public telecommunications companies to prepare for tropical depression Gardo and super typhoon Hinnamnor.
The NTC sent a Memorandum Order No. 05-04-2011 to public telecommunications companies, instructing them to “ensure that there are sufficient numbers of technical and support personnel and backup generators with additional fuel, tools and back-up equipment in the prospective areas.” affected by tropical and super typhoon.
As reported by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) at 5 p.m. on August 30, 2022, Hinnamnor intensified into a super typhoon at 2 p.m. the following day.
PAGASA also reported at 23:00 that the tropical depression “Gardo” has maintained its strength as it moves west-southwest across the Philippine Sea.
Both Hinnamnor and Gardo are not expected to make landfall, but the super typhoon can still hit northern Luzon due to its size.
Gardo’s trough or extension is expected to bring some rain along with the southwest monsoon or ‘hanging Habagat’.
“You are directed to expedite the repair and restoration of telecommunications services in the service areas that will be severely affected by the typhoon,” the NTC memo continued.
Public telecom companies were also tasked to “install Libreng Tawag and Libreng charging stations in strategic areas that will be affected by the typhoon,” reminding them to “coordinate with LGUs and follow strict health protocols to reduce transmission of coronavirus disease ( COVID-19 ).”
The Commission expects status updates every six hours on ongoing recovery activities being carried out on the public telecommunications companies’ networks and facilities, as well as a timeline for full service recovery.
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