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Telco problems in Typhoon Ompong areas
Telco problems in Typhoon Ompong areas
(3rd UPDATE) Smart and Globe offer free charging and calling stations in affected areas

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The restoration of telecommunications services continues in areas hit by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).

In a statement on Sunday, September 16, PLDT and Smart said fixed line and mobile services in Northern Luzon and Central Luzon “have been brought back up to about 96%.”

They said “round-the-clock” network restoration work is focused on Cagayan, Benguet, Apayao, Mountain Province, and Kalinga.

“About half of the outages are due to the lack of commercial power while the balance are caused by cuts in fiber optic connections and misalignments of microwave links,” PLDT and Smart added.

As of Sunday, Smart has set up Libreng Tawag and Charging stations in the following areas:


  • PLDT Office, Tuguegarao
  • King H, Barangay San Gabriel, Tuguegarao
  • Tuguegarao People’s Gym
  • Smart Cell Site, Peñablanca, Cagayan
  • Smart Cell Site, Ballesteros, Cagayan
  • Smart Cell Site, Carig, Tuguegarao


  • Tumauini Public Market, Tumauini

Ilocos Norte

  • Smart Store, Conching Building, Rizal Street, Barangay 16, Laoag City
  • Vertex Capitol, Rizal Street, Laoag City (near Philippine Independent Church)
  • Vertex Main, JBL Building, MH Del Pilar Street, Barangay 18, Laoag City
  • Smart Cell Site, Ablan Avenue, Barangay 5, Laoag City
  • Vertex Batac, Washington Street, Batac (in front of Batac City Hall)
  • Smart Cell Site, San Nicolas (beside San Nicolas Municipal Hall)


  • City Camp Motorpool Evacuation Center

Smart is also allowing the use of Wi-Fi beyond the 30-minute limit in the following locations:

Ilocos Region

  • Partas Vigan
  • Partas Laoag
  • Laoag International Airport waiting area
  • Smart Store, Laoag Conching Building
  • Laoag City Hall
  • Planet G, San Juan, La Union
  • Smart Store Vigan
  • NBI Dagupan

Cagayan Valley 

  • Sun Shop, Robinsons Santiago City, Isabela

Cordillera Administrative Region

  • Baguio City Hall
  • Benguet Provincial Capitol
  • Benguet State University

Central Luzon

  • Central Luzon Doctors Hospital, Tarlac
  • Robinsons Cabanatuan
  • Bocaue Municipal Hall
  • Sacred Heart Hospital Malolos
  • Malolos City Hall
  • NBI Malolos
  • Sun Shop, Robinsons Malolos
  • Smart Store, Robinsons Malolos
  • Tarlac State University

Globe GoWiFi, free calls

Globe Telecom said it is providing free unlimited GoWiFi in select major malls in the Philippines to aid in communication between the public and emergency personnel. The service will be available from Friday, September 14, to  Sunday, September 16. 

The select malls are:

  • Ayala Malls Glorietta in Makati City
  • Ayala Malls Greenbelt in Makati City
  • Ayala Malls TriNoma in Quezon City
  • Market Market in Taguig City
  • Ayala Malls Metropoint in Pasay City
  • Ayala Malls Circuit in Makati City
  • Serendra in Taguig City
  • Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City
  • Ayala Malls The 30th in Pasig City
  • Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City
  • Ayala Malls Serin in Tagaytay City
  • The District Imus in Cavite
  • The District Dasmariñas in Cavite
  • Pavilion Mall in Laguna
  • Ayala Malls Legazpi
  • Marquee Mall in Pampanga
  • Fairview Terraces in Quezon City
  • Harbor Point in Zambales
  • UP Town Center in Quezon City
  • San Antonio Plaza in Makati City
  • Solenad 1,2,3 in Laguna
  • Vertis North in Quezon City
  • Ayala Malls Feliz in Pasig City
  • Ayala Arvo Mall in Marikina City
  • Ayala Malls Cloverleaf in Quezon City
  • Eastwood Mall in Quezon City
  • Uptown Mall in Taguig City
  • Venice Grand Canal in Taguig City
  • Southwoods Mall in Laguna
  • Lucky Chinatown Mall in Manila
  • Festive Walk in Iloilo
  • Newport Mall in Pasay City
  • San Lorenzo Place in Makati City
  • Robinsons Ilocos
  • Robinsons Laoag
  • Robinsons Las Pinas
  • Robinsons Antipolo
  • Robinsons General Trias
  • Robinsons Forum (Pioneer)
  • Robinsons Malolos
  • Robinsons Metro East
  • Robinsons Manila
  • Robinsons Iloilo
  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Robinsons Tuguegarao
  • Robinsons Magnolia
  • Robinsons Lipa
  • Robinsons Angeles
  • Robinsons Cainta
  • Robinsons Imus
  • Robinsons Los Banos
  • Robinsons Novaliches
  • Robinsons Pampanga

Globe has also set up Libreng Tawag and Charging stations in the following areas:


  • Shell Station, National Highway, Caggay, Tuguegarao City – 7 am-9 pm
  • Capitol Grounds – 24 hours
  • barangay halls of Ugac Sur, Ugac Norte, Cataggaman Nuevo, Pardo, Viejo, Linao Norte, Linao Sur – 9 am-5 pm

Ilocos Norte

  • Capitol Grounds – 8:30 am-9 pm

Globe said it will set up more stations within the week. – 

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