Globe Telecom network operations teams are on full alert as Typhoon Quiel (Nalgae) makes its way into thePhilippinesover the weekend.
Latest weather forecasts show that Typhoon Quiel has further intensified, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 170 kph. The typhoon is expected to make landfall on Saturday. Strom signals have been raised over the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Ifugao, Apayao,Mt.Province, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra as well as the Babuyan and Calayan Group ofIslands.
Globe has prepositioned engineering and repair teams across thePhilippines’ eastern seaboard; as well as in Northern andCentral Luzon. Cellsites-On-Wheels have been deployed to provide wireless connections in critical areas, while mobile generators are on standby for rapid deployment to network towers and switches in cases of prolonged power outages.
Globe advises the public to prepare their communication devices by fully charging their phones. Having a portable charger will also help especially if commercial electricity is cut for more than eight hours. For prepaid subscribers, it’s best to top-up their accounts to ensure they have ample load credits that will last for several days. Globe also advises its subscribers to keep important contact numbers handy in case of emergency.
To date Globe has deployed five (5) Libreng Tawag centers inMarikina, Navotas,Quezon City and Bulacan to help victims of Typhoon Pedring. Relief operations were done in Navotas today, benefitting over 400 families temporarily seeking shelter at theDaanghariElementary School. Globe Telecom, through its corporate social responsibility arm Globe Bridging Communities (Globe BridgeCom), is also ready to deploy Libreng Tawag service and relief assistance to areas that will be hardest-hit by Typhoon Quiel.