Digicel opens donation line

Digicel PNG has introduce the Digicel help line to allow Papua New Guinean’s to donate to relief efforts towards earthquake affected areas.

CEO Valde Ferradaz made the announcement while handing over a cheque of K636,000 to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill towards the cause.

Ferradaz says that since the earthquake struck, the company’s technical staff have been dispatched into the affected areas to ensure the communication network remains effective.

“When the earthquake struck we lost 66 towers, destroyed mainly in the highlands region, and we mobilised 9 of our top teams to go into the region by helicopter and try and connect the nation as quickly as possible.

Out of the 66 towers we’ve been able to recover a total of 57 whilst about three were completely destroyed, we are going to have to completely rebuild it from ground up.

While some have been vandalised, most of the community has assisted us in getting our towers back up, so we urge the people for their support.

We also offered unlimited calling to communities affected for the first 24 hours,

The Digicel help line SMS is 162122 which allows customers to donate starting from K3.

“They can donate K3 denominations to the funds, and this line is now open, text to 162122 and this money will be collated and donated to the relevant authorities.

The line will be effectively closed on the 18th of March. 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill thanked Digicel for its continued investment in PNG.

Meredith Kuusa
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