The NTC has ordered all regional directors to render public assistance during Undas 2021.
UNDAS 2021 — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has ordered all regional directors to render public assistance and coordinate operations with the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) and radio groups.
All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) were Catholic traditions which were local holidays in the Philippines — a time where people usually spend time in provinces or take a trip back to their respective hometown.
The government, however, has tried to limit crowding in certain areas by closing cemeteries from October 31 to November 2, while allowing a limited number of people to go inside memorial parks and cemeteries in the past few days.
In a statement, NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba has directed its regional directors to regulate the use of radios within their respective areas and also extend assistance to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Civic Action Groups (CAGs), and Amateur Radio Groups (ARGs).
“All regional directors shall 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 traveling to various parts of the country,” the NTC said.
Also, Cordoba has ordered its regional directors to enlist the assistance of television, cable TV, and radio stations/operators for the proper and timely dissemination of related information.
Inquirer reported that Civic Action Groups (CAGs) and Amateur Radio Groups (ARGs) have provided public assistance during holidays for speedy dispatch of details about accidents and other important information over the years.
Cordoba also tasked regional directors to submit their reports, which should contain the name of Civic Action Groups and Amateur Radio Groups, areas covered by the specific group, frequencies used, point persons and contact details, location of radio bases, and duration of the operation.
In addition, the regional directors were urged to monitor the operations of the Civic Action Groups and Amateur Radio Groups under their respective areas and submit an updated report to the undersigned.
“All regional directors are also directed to observe strict health protocols to avoid transmission of COVID-19,” Cordoba said.