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Smart Trains CDO Students in Emergency Preparedness

The wireless unit of PLDT, Smart Communication has organized an emergency response and management training for students at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City (USTP-CDO).

The whole-day workshop was a “training of trainers” that equipped the students with skills to be able to conduct their own preparedness lessons for members of their communities.

The activity is part of the company’s Tropang Ready Program, a nationwide caravan of Smart’s TNT brand, which tours schools in the Philippines to teach the youth (tropa) the importance of disaster preparedness.

TNT Tropang Ready is an initiative under Smart’s advocacy for a #SafePH, which promotes preparedness through mobile solutions and on-ground activities to help communities mitigate disaster risks.

A student tries her hand at using a fire extinguisher during the TNT Tropang Ready “training of trainers” activity at USTP-CDO.

Last year, a large population of students at USTP in Cagayan de Oro was stranded inside their campus as heavy rains and neck-deep flooding hit the city. A few weeks later, more than 2,000 students attended the TNT Tropang Ready disaster preparedness caravan initiated by Smart at their university. The event featured talks and disaster preparedness lessons by emergency management experts and representatives from the local government, disaster risk reduction and management office, University of the Philippines Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (UP Noah) Center, and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) among other organizations.

For the training of trainers activity, which was the second phase of the Tropang Ready Programs, Smart tapped the expertise of Louie Domingo and Tan Palma of Emergency Management Center. They thought the participants how to prepare for and what to do during typhoons earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis, among other calamities.

Among the lessons, they taught the students were first aid and self-defense techniques, pointers on how to assemble a “Go Bag” or an “e-Balde”, an emergency kit meant to help an individual or a family survive the next few days following a calamity. The kit included canned food water, flashlights, batteries, cell phone and an umbrella, among other essentials.

A day before the event, media practitioners and bloggers were also invited to a half day of training for their own emergency preparedness as well as helps disseminate and pass along the training they learn.

Check out this video to learn how to make your paracord bracelet for fashion as well as for emergency purposes:


Big discounts and promos await all PayMaya account holders!

#ShareTheLove this Christmas season with exclusive treats from PayMaya…

It’s a great time to be a PayMaya account holder this Christmas season with lots of discounts, rebates, and freebies coming your way.  Use your PayMaya to shop and complete your holiday gift list so you can share the love with family and friends during this season of giving.

“Christmas is a season of giving, and we’re happy to help our customers share the love over the holidays with PayMaya. This is our way of thanking our customers for helping us achieve a very fruitful year as the leader in digital payments in the Philippines,” said Paolo Azzola, PayMaya Chief Operating Officer, and Managing Director.

Spreading the Christmas cheer to all is also made easier with exclusive discounts to PayMaya account holders
when they shop at Lazada and Zalora. Users can enjoy an additional 20% discount when they shop at Lazada until
December 15 by using the code PYMYDEC.

Meanwhile, fashionistas looking to complete their holiday outfits can look forward to a 20% discount this month when they shop at ZALORA, simply by entering the code PAYMAYAHOLIDAY upon checkout. The discount rises to as much as 25% during Zalora’s Online Fever sale event on December 12 to 15 with the code PAYMAYAFEVER25.

These discounts are on top of the already deep discounts being offered by Lazada and Zalora this December.

Get as much as P1,250 on referrals with PayMaya in Facebook Messenger

With PayMaya, it’s easy to let your friends and loved ones know that you care about them. And with PayMaya in Facebook Messenger, both of you can feel the love as well!

Simply sign up or link your existing PayMaya account in Facebook Messenger and refer friends to sign up too and you will both get P50 in your PayMaya accounts.

To do this, all you have to do is share the promo link that you will receive from PayMaya in Messenger to up to 25 friends with Android devices to start earning the referral bonus. Subscribers of all mobile network in the Philippines may sign up until December 19 and get the bonus amount, which will be credited to their accounts in 2 to 3 business days.

“All of these privileges highlight that paying with your PayMaya is now better than simply paying with cash. Using their PayMaya accounts, shopping online and in-store, sending money to others, and purchasing load or paying bills is easier than ever. We can’t wait to share even more exciting things and experiences exclusive to PayMaya account holders that we have in store for the coming months,” shared Raymund Villanueva, Issuing Head at PayMaya.

Getting a PayMaya account is easy and instant. Just download the PayMaya app via iOS or Android and register.

A million ways to #ShareTheLove

With PayMaya, there are a million ways to share the love to your friends and family because all PayMaya app registrations, physical card activations, and purchases worth at least P1,000 from today until December 23 will earn raffle entries for PayMaya’s #MerryMillionaire promo.

Users stand a chance to win P10,000 in the weekly draw and a whopping P1 million tax-free in the grand draw, which will give them, even more, reasons to spread the love to others this holiday season.

And to make it even more convenient to load your account, PayMaya has further expanded its long list of loading partners to include all branches of Cebuana Lhuillier and ExpressPay, as well as the online banking platforms of RCBC and Metrobank.

This is on top of the more than 15,000 top-up facilities already available nationwide such as Robinsons Department Store Business Centers, SM Business Services, TouchPay kiosks, 7-Eleven, Palawan Pawnshops, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Petron stations along NLEX, and Smart Padala centers down to sari-sari stores in grassroots communities, and Unionbank ATMs.

PayMaya Philippines, the country’s pioneer and leader in cashless payments, is the digital financial services arm of PLDT’s Voyager Innovations. To know more about its products and services, visit  www.paymaya.com.

Smart Padala Holiday Giveaway Discount


Christmas is once again in the corner, it is one of the most anticipated occasions of the year. Filipinos are so excited about it that we start feeling the Christmas spirit as early as September.

To make this important occasion more meaningful for Filipinos. Smart Padala, one of the leading remittance network in the Philippines released a new promo as an early Christmas treat. Dubbed Holiday Giveaway Discount and Raffle Promo, the promo allows consumers to enjoy not only lower padala fees but also will get a chance to win cash prizes, Happee pang-negosyo package, and Kawasaki motorcycles when they transact from September 30 to December 31, 2016.

Breadwinners will be able to express their love to their families by sending the fruits of their hard work with even lower remittance rates wherever they are. In Mindanao, the padala fee is now only P10 for transactions worth P500 and below and so on. This promo is exclusive to Mindanao only. So, earn your raffle entries for more chances of winning!

For more details about Smart Padala, visit www.smartpadala.ph and like their Facebook Page: fb.com/smartpadalaph.


PLDT Smart WiFi now in Laguindingan Airport

Last Friday (July 29, 201) PLDT and Smart Communications fired up its Smart WiFi at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental.


The firing up of Smart Wifi will improve the experience of travelers using wifi in airports serving Northern Mindanao.

The upgrade of the wireless connectivity in the airport will enable travelers to maximize their digital experience while surfing the Internet for their favorite sites, keeping connected at home and office while traveling. With a bandwidth of up to 1 gigabit per second, Smart Wifi promises a world-class digital experience.


Laguindingan Airport is one of the busiest regional airports in the country. It serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, as well as the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte in Northern Mindanao. It can accommodate 2,000 passengers a day, and up to 1.6 million a year.



The initial rollout also includes all four passenger terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as well as airports in Iloilo, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Kalibo, General Santos, Clark, Laoag, Cebu, Caticlan, and Zamboanga. Also on the list are key seaports in Southern Luzon as well as MRT3, and LRT line 1 and 2 for Metro Manila.

Smart Wifi’s footprint will also be expanded to cover more public areas, such as city halls, schools, hospitals, and establishments such as malls, restaurants, and coffee shops, among many others, amid the increasing demand for more public Wifi hotspots in the country. The rollout is backed by PLDT’s robust and resilient fixed and wireless networks.

Smart Grand Digifest


Smart Communication is celebrating its faster and stronger data connectivity in Cagayan de Oro City with a grand one big Digifest party! All Kagay-anons are welcome to the fun filled awesome activities, great music and prizes this coming June 25 at Limketkai Parking Lot D.

To join the celebration, simply load up with Big Bytes 50 if you are a Smart subscriber, or buy a Smart Prepaid LTE SIM and top up with the latest promos if you are a new Smart user.

Win a Samsung smartphone, Gear VR

Throughout the night, all partygoers also get a chance to win brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 handsets and Samsung Gear VR headsets, among other gadgets and premium items.

You can also feast on local favorites served by Butcher’s Best; Missy Bonbon, Dear Manok; Simple Joys; Red Tail and Bigby’s, among many others.

Amid all the activities and partying, you can make the most of Smart Big Bytes 50, which has now been boosted to offer 2X data – from 350MB to 700MB worth of online surfing plus 600MB for streaming videos and more – valid for three days for only P50.

Make sure to post your most awesome Digifest moments using the official hashtags #ConnectNaTa and #SmartDigifest. See you all there!

Smart Prepaid kicks off Jump In Dance-Off 3 competition for students


Over P5 million in prizes up for grabs in country’s biggest student dance contest. After two successful seasons, Smart Prepaid has kicked off a much bigger Smart Jump In Dance-Off 3 competition this year, offering the best school dance crews over P5 million worth of prizes and a chance to become its brand ambassadors.

The largest interschool street dance competition in the country, the Smart Jump In Dance-Off competition aims to give student dance groups nationwide a bigger stage to showcase their dancing talent.

This is in line with the brand’s thrust to support the many different passions of the youth by inspiring them and providing venues where they can give their dreams a shot and turn them into reality.

Mega Crew format

Smart Jump In Dance-Off 3 levels up the challenge this year with a Mega Crew format, requiring a team of 16 to 25 student members per team enrolled in the same elementary, high school, or college – all subscribers of Smart Jump In SIM or regular Smart Prepaid.

Interested groups must make a two-minute video with all the members showing their best moves to their choice of music. The video must be in mp4, .mov, .flv, .mpeg, .wmv, or .avi format to be submitted online via the official contest site http://www.smart.com.ph/danceoff.

Online auditions until Aug. 17

The online auditions will run until August 17, 2015, Monday, and dance groups will be judged based on their visual and artistry (40 percent); technical execution (30 percent); and musicality (30 percent).

Those who will pass the online auditions will be invited to the live regional screenings in the different spots of the country in September.

The final teams will get a much-coveted opportunity to be coached by some of the country’s best dancers before finally battling it out in the grand finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on October 31.

Biggest prizes

The Jump In Dance Off 3 champion team and school will be awarded with P300,000 cash prize of. Meanwhile, the second and third winning teams and schools will have a total cash prize of P150,000 and P100,000 respectively.

In October last year, the University of the Philippines Los Banos’ Street Jazz Dance Company dominated the college category, while Miriam College’s all-girl dance troupe, Sayawatha, clinched a back-to-back victory in the high school category. Wesleyan University’s A1 took the championship for the elementary level

For more information about the competition, visit http://www.smart.com.ph/danceoff and follow the official Smart Jump In account on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartJumpIn) and official Smart Twitter account (@SMARTCares) for updates.