PLDT and Smart Communications partnered with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) to conduct an emergency communication workshop for several municipalities in Visayas and Mindanao.
Called Project Ligtas, it aims to close the communication gap between the local government units and the private sector through seamless information management and data exchange.
“We’re glad that our partner LGUs were able to attend our Emergency Communications Training with PDRF, joining us in our pursuit to help communities become disaster-resilient. We are one with the government in its mission to improve the country’s disaster resilience, as well as protect the vulnerable sectors in the communities, including but not limited to children, women, and persons with disabilities,” said PLDT and Smart Stakeholder Management Visayas Relations Head Marylou Gocotano during the Project Ligtas VisMin leg.
The training was attended by representatives from Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices of Visayas and Mindanao LGUs.
Through PLDT and Smart’s #SafeandSmart advocacy, the group provides a Ligtas Kit, an all-in-one communications package, that offers helpful resources for emergency preparedness and disaster management communication. Select LGUs in the country have received the group’s Ligtas Kit.
A dashboard will also be developed through PDRF’s Hazard and Disaster Analysis for Business Resilience, or HANDA, enabling PLDT and Smart to keep in touch with LGUs.
This PLDT and Smart initiative seeks to promote preparedness and immediate response through the continuous availability of communication services, mobile solutions, and activities to help communities mitigate disaster risks.