PLDT, Smart help communities cope with Taal smog

Taal Volcano remains at Alert Level 1 or low-level unrest.

PLDT and Smart Communications are collaborating with local government units (LGUs) to provide assistance to communities affected by the smog from the Taal Volcano.

The PLDT Group said its local sales and network teams are coordinating with LGUs to extend immediate aid to those who are impacted by the volcanic activity. The group also said it is prepared to deploy emergency response teams and equipment if the situation worsens.

“Our network remains stable and resilient and we are ready to deploy emergency response teams and equipment as necessary,” said Cathy Yang, First Vice President and Head of Group Corporate Communications at PLDT and Smart.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Taal Volcano remains at Alert Level 1 or low-level unrest, but warned of possible hazards such as gas-driven or phreatic explosions, earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal expulsions of volcanic gas.

The Department of Health (DOH) also issued an advisory on how to protect oneself from the harmful effects of the smog, which can cause respiratory problems, eye irritation, and skin diseases. The DOH advised the public to wear masks, close doors and windows, and seek medical help if needed.

PLDT, Smart Taal Smog guide

The PLDT Group, under its #SafeandSmart advocacy, promotes preparedness and immediate response through technology and capacity-building activities to help mitigate disaster risks. The group also provides assistance in the form of emergency communications, food, and other essentials for affected communities.

This initiative is also aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal No. 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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