PLDT, Smart strengthen Siquijor disaster readiness with ‘ligtas kit’


The all-in-one emergency communication package “Ligtas Kit” of the Philippines’ largest integrated telco network, PLDT Inc., and its wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. has reached Siquijor Island to help the province gear up for future crises, such as typhoons, flashfloods, and earthquakes, among others. 

The Ligtas Kit seeks to support local government units and disaster response agencies with emergency communication devices. The kit contains a power station, a solar panel, rechargeable handy megaphone, crank radio, satellite phone (SmartSAT) with initial load, smartphone, Smart LTE pocket Wi-Fi, rechargeable flashlight, and a whistle.

“Coastal communities, such as the Island of Siquijor, have become more vulnerable to natural crises, such as typhoons, due to climate change,” Marylou Gocotano, head of Visayas Relations under Stakeholder Management at PLDT and Smart, said in a statement. “Through our emergency communication package, we are able to support Siquijor’s disaster preparedness initiatives.”

Siquijor Governor Jake Vincent Villa thanked PLDT and Smart for their help.

“We are now better prepared in case of a disaster because of the Ligtas Kit. This is a big help to the communities in Siquijor,” Villa stressed.

PLDT and Smart’s long-standing Safe and Smart advocacy highlights the commitment of the group to promote readiness and immediate response through continuous accessibility of communication services, mobile solutions, and activities to help communities mitigate disaster risks. ||