The National Telecommunications Commission has directed all of its regional directors to coordinate with government agencies that will render public assistance operations during the observance of Holy Week.
In a memorandum signed by Commissioner Ella Blanca Lopez, the NTC ordered its directors to aid the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs), Civic Action Groups (CAGs), and Amateur Radio Groups (ARGs) that will render public assistance operations within their respective areas of jurisdiction to local government units during the Holy Week.
This, the NTC said, is pursuant to the mandate of the Commission to regulate the use of radios.
All regional directors are also directed to determine any assistance that the Commission may provide, such as issuance of temporary permits and licenses necessary to lend assistance and ensure the safety of our kababayans who will be travelling to various parts of the country.
Also enlist the assistance of radio, television and cable TV stations/operators for the proper and timely dissemination of related information.
The directors are also expected to submit their respective reports to the Office of the Commissioner via “electronic copy,” which shall include, but not limited to, the following information no later than March 31, 2023: name of the CAGs and ARGs; areas and/or routes to be covered; frequencies to be used; contact numbers and point persons during the operations; temporary location of radio base stations, if any; and duration of the operation.
The Regional Offices are also directed to monitor the operations of the CAGs and ARGs in their areas of jurisdiction and submit an updated report to the Commissioner.
“Lastly, all Regional Directors are also directed to observe strict health protocols to avoid transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19),” the NTC said.