MANILA â€“ The Armed Forces of the Philippines and top tech startup Yondu launched a hotline for the concerns of the residents affected by the nearly 4 month conflict in Marawi City.
AFP Text Hotline 1678, hotline utilizes Mobile360, a platform developed by Yondu Inc., enables government forces to broadcast text messages within the vicinity of the southern city.
Marawi residents can also respond to messages sent by the hotline, providing a two-way communication for the community and the security forces.
â€œHotline 1678 allows the AFP to spread information faster and communicate with residents, especially those in need of assistance,â€ the AFPâ€™s Major Alwin Maneja said.
Yondu President Joan PeÃ±aflorida said Marawi residents trapped in the battle area or the places inaccessible to relief can now communicate with the authorities through the hotline launched last July.
The initial hotline launch was only for Marawi but the AFP and Yondu plan to expand the coverage area to the whole of Mindanao later on.
For concerns, reports or emergencies, Globe and TM subscribers can send a message to 26563. The AFP will broadcast further announcements once Hotline 1678 becomes fully operational in the region.
The siege of Marawi erupted last May 23, sending hundreds of thousands of our Maranao brothers away from their hometown.