Smart rebuilds livelihood in Yolanda-stricken communities

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by SMART Public Affairs Jun 24, 2014

[24 June 2014] As part of its sustaining efforts to provide necessary assistance to communities devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda last year, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have distributed close to 400 retailer kits in the provinces of Leyte, Capiz and Samar.

As part of its sustaining efforts to provide necessary assistance to communities devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda last year, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have distributed close to 400 retailer kits in the provinces of Leyte, Capiz and Samar.

In partnership with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Smart provided retailer kits in the municipalities of Cuartero, Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao,Ivisan, Jamindan, Ma-ayon, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, Pontevedra, President Roxas, Sapian, Sigma, Tapaz and Roxas City in the island-province of Capiz.  Retailer kits were also distributed in Tacloban City.

In the pipeline for distribution are the municipalities of Palo, Tanauan, and Basey, as well as the Province of Biliran.

“Efforts to rebuild lives that were displaced by Yolanda continue to this day.  We have been distributing retailer kits to provide families with a means of income after many of them lost their traditional livelihoods to the super typhoon,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.

These are on top of the retailer kit distribution in Yolanda-affected areas in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment.  The kits formed part of the livelihood package that the DOLE distributed to hard-hit barangays. 

The retailer kits include a mobile phone and a retailer subscriber identification module (SIM), which can be used to sell airtime load to Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun subscribers.  Over the years, the Smart retailer business has proven lucrative given the pervasive use of mobile phones and devices.

Smart also provided Yolanda survivors from Leyte and Samar with a pedicab, a three-wheeled vehicle that is moved by foot pedals complete with a repair kit, and a shelter kit comprised of corrugated iron sheets, plywood, pieces of lumber, various sizes of nails, hammer, saw, tape measure and chisel, to help them get back on their feet.

For coastal communities in Gabuc, Pontevedra; Buntod, Panay; Roxas City; and Salvacion, Busuanga in Palawan, Smart helped train fisher folk, who lost their bancas to Yolanda, on wood sculpture.  Using felled logs and debris as a result of the typhoon, the community sculptors were able to create works of art.  These art pieces were sold in a recent exhibit held here in Metro Manila.

Building communities by way of livelihood is one of the pillars under Smart’s program for corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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