Palace thanks media, Twitter users over rescue efforts

Posted at 08/11/2012 6:43 PM | Updated as of 08/12/2012 4:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday thanked the media, non-government organizations (NGOs) and social media users who took part in the recent rescue efforts for flood victims in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte noted that Twitter played a big role in spreading information on the flooded areas.

“Gusto naming magpasalamat doon sa ating mga media partners, our radio partners, 'yung broadcast natin and also the NGOs, 'yung private citizens who all banded together to help give relief goods, to help mobilize assistance to those who were affected by the monsoon rains," Valte said in a radio interview.

"Isa ito doon sa mga magandang ehemplo kung saan talagang nagkapit-bisig ang new media at traditional media, mga kasama natin sa radyo, sa broadcast para mag-mobilize ng tulong at rescue para doon sa mga lugar na naapektuhan,” she added.

During the height of the monsoon rains, Filipinos took to Twitter to spread word on rescue efforts for residents stranded in their homes due to deep floods.

Twitter was also used as a tool by government agencies, including state weather bureau PAGASA and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, to update citizens on weather and traffic conditions.

The Philippines ranks as the 10th largest nation on Twitter, according to a report by social media monitor Semiocast.