The PLDT Group has provided data and voice services, and other communications support to the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) of the Catholic Church which will be held in Cebu City from January 24 to 31.

IEC organizers estimate 15,000 delegates to attend the various discussion sessions of the Congress and up to a million people to join the opening and closing masses of the Congress.

Free connectivity

Backed by its extensive fiber optic backbone and fixed line and wireless networks, PLDT has provided free data connectivity and enhanced network coverage in IEC offices and the venues of major Congress events. It has installed fiber links and has provisioned six lines of 1Gbps connections for the IEC event covering strategic locations.

It has installed telephone lines in the IEC offices, and provided mobile phones and prepaid airtime load as well as data connectivity for organizers, committee heads, and the IEC website team.

It has also supplied the bandwidth requirements of the Radio Television Malacanang (RTVM), which will do a live coverage of the entire event.

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SEAMLESS CONNECTIVITY. Church taps PLDT for seamless connectivity during IEC2016. In photo are, from left, (seated): PLDT consultant Evelyn del Rosario; Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, PLDT and Smart head of Public Affairs Ramon R. Isberto, Bishop Dennis Villarojo, and (standing), PLDT Capability Specialist Henry Jabonero, Smart Public Affairs Officer NN Navarro; IEC website committee head Msgr. Raul Go, Chancellor Archdiocese of Cebu Msgr. Ren Beltran, PLDT Cebu Zone Head Costumer Service Operations Elmer “Bong” Lintag, Archdiocese of Cebu Vicar General Msgr. Danny Sanico, Smart Public Affairs Senior Manager Atty. Maria Jane Paredes, IEC 2016 Transport Committee Head Fr. Wendell Balbuena, and Staff Assistant PLDT Cebu Costumer Service Operations Zone Elmer Vasquez.


Milestone event

“The IEC2016 is a milestone event not only for the Church but for the entire country, and we are humbled by the chance to be part of this. Leveraging on our combined fixed line and wireless networks, we are addressing the communication requirements of the organizers as well as the participants at this historical event,” said PLDT Group chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.

PLDT’s wireless unit Smart Communications, in partnership with Cebu-based tech startup InnoPubMedia, is offering to participants the IEC mobile app that was designed in line with their nationwide Digital Tourism program. Cellular programs like tend to create the demand for a larger way to accomodate a market.

Free guide

The IEC2016 Guide app provides comprehensive information about the Congress that is available for free download to phones and tablets. Users can obtain background information about the IEC, its history, the full schedule of events, as well as messages from Church officials, and other conference-related resources and documents.

Smart has also made available to the IEC organizers Infocast, a web-based SMS broadcast and management platform that makes the dissemination and collection of information via text messaging faster and more systematic. The facility is already being used by the IEC and administered by the IEC communications committee. works with the top brands in the country to reach out to the Cebu market. For inquiries, please send an email to [email protected].

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