The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has directed all public telecommunication entities to expedite repair and restoration of telecommunications services in areas affected by Super Typhoon Rolly.

NTC said communications is needed to aid government rescue and recovery operations as well as to resume business transactions and distance learning.

Likewise, NTC also directed the two telco giants, Globe Telecom, Inc. and Smart Communication, Inc., to deploy Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging Stations in strategic areas affected by the super typhoon until November 8 this year. This is still subject to strict health protocols to avoid transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Super Typhoon Rolly, with international name Goni, made its first landfall in Catanduanes on Sunday, November 1. Severely hit areas include other provinces in Southern Luzon including Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, and Quezon.

Rolly is the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2020 to date amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NTC is an attached agency of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).