A week after typhoon Odette first made landfall in Siargao and ravaged through various parts of Visayas and Mindanao, several Odette-stricken areas have signal and connectivity due to damaged cell sites—with victims of the typhoon unable to locate and connect with their loved ones.
Telecom giants Globe and Smart have each pledged to repair affected network sites and immediately set up emergency network services to quickly bring back call, text, and data browsing services. On Tuesday, Globe announced that it had restored connectivity to Del Carmen in Siargao island, while Smart brought back signal for Surigao City. More cities and municipalities around the Vis-Min region have since regained connectivity.
Here is a full list of areas that now have restored mobile services as of December 23:
Globe has fully restored mobile and data services to the following areas: Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Guimaras, Misamis Oriental, and Surigao del Sur.
Meanwhile, the following areas have restored LTE services: Antique, Biliran, Bukidnon, Guimaras, Iloilo, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Negros Occidental.
Smart said that they have restored 88 percent of wireless services and 62 percent of fixed services in Visayas, while restoration continues in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, and Negros provinces.
In Mindanao, 98 percent of of wireless services and 99 percent of fixed services are operational, while the telecom firm continues work in Surigao del Norte, including Siargao.
Meanwhile, after announcing earlier that 74 percent of its wireless services in Palawan has been restored, Smart later updated that more areas in the island have been brought back, with Coron and El Nido fully restored, while Puerto Princesa City has regained majority of its connectivity.