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Telco improves Dumaguete
diocese’s SMS broadcast


Smart Communications has revitalized a previous information platform it provided for the Diocese of Dumaguete to provide a means of updating residents on concerns affecting the community.

NN Navarro of Smart Communications’ Public Affairs in the Visayas said Thursday evening that what was once known as the Smart Info Board has now migrated to Smart Infocast.

It is an SMS (short message service) broadcast solution by PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications that will “enable the diocese to send weather updates, church announcements, and other information to priests and parishioners via text message,” she said.

A few years ago, Smart Communications partnered with the Diocese of Dumaguete to launch what was then known as the Info Board, which, however, stopped working for awhile due to some unforeseen circumstances in the diocese.

Msgr. Merlin Logronio, who is the administrator of both the former Info Board and now the Infocast, has three content providers under him who will manage the database of all Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk N’ Text (TNT) mobile phone users who shall benefit from the platform, said Navarro.

The Infocast “allows registered subscribers to send reports or feedback to the system administrator,” Navarro said.

The telecommunications firm has pledged to provide not only the platform but the load for the diocese to use in sending out multiple text messages to its recipients, she added. Navarro, however, did not say how much is allocated for the load each month.

For one to be included in the database, one must register, Navarro said.

Mobile phone users of other networks like Globe and TM may also benefit from the same platform service, although the diocese will have to allocate its own funding so that the same message sent to Smart, Sun, and TNT can be sent to them, she said.

The Diocese of Dumaguete covers the cities of Negros Oriental from Basay to Jimalalud and the entire province of Siquijor.

Last week, Smart Communications conducted training for the systems administrator and the three content providers on the upgraded platform, which also has new features and easy to use, according to Navarro said.*PNA


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