ZAMBOANGA CITY: Communication giants PLDT-Smart and Globe Telecom have fully restored their services to Zamboanga City almost two days after Typhoon “Odette” (international name: “Rai”) ravaged parts of the Philippines.
PLDT only restored its phone and Internet services on Saturday, while Globe Telecom restored its Internet and cell phone services on Friday evening. The two companies cited multiple breaks in its fiber optic cables due to the typhoon that affected its services in Mindanao and the Visayas.
Not only communications and Internet services were affected by the typhoon, but also banking services. Several ATMs were down as debit and credit cards went offline.
“We cannot accept debit and credit cards. There are no internet services; everything is now done in cash,” a waiter told customers on Friday afternoon at the Hermosa Jardin’s restaurant. Marcian Garden hotel here.
Electricity was also cut in several districts of the city of Zamboanga on Friday.
Globe Telecom said it has restored services in the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Bukidnon, while efforts are still underway in other affected areas – Leyte, Cebu, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Bohol, Palawan, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Dinagat, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Samar, Iloilo, Siquijor, Guimaras and Camiguin islands.
PLDT said wireless communication services in most parts of Mindanao have been restored.
“Network repair continues until Mindanao is fully restored to 100%. We send a technical team to Siargao [Island] to restore affected services in the region. The technical teams from the Visayas and Palawan will continue to restore the affected sites as the weather improves, ”he said. Although the city of Zamboanga was not directly affected by the typhoon, several houses were destroyed by a tidal wave in the coastal village of Labuan. There have been no reports of casualties, according to Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who ordered social workers to provide food aid to those affected by the storm surge.