Palace thanks the press and social media users for assisting flood victims

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Philippine Air Force (PAF) aerial shot shows Wednesday floods inundate most residential areas in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela (CAMANAVA), all in Metro Manila. (PNA)
Philippine Air Force (PAF) aerial shot shows Wednesday floods inundate most residential areas in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela (CAMANAVA), all in Metro Manila. (PNA)

MANILA (11-Aug-2012/PNA) – Malacanang extended its gratitude to the media, non-governmental organizations and private citizens who helped mobilize assistance and rescue efforts for the victims of massive flooding in Metro Manila and nearby areas this week.

“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,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

Social media has also played a major role in assisting the flood victims, according to Valte, noting that for this reason the Philippines ranked as one of the top Twitter-using countries in the world.

With some 9.5 million users, the Philippines is the 10th largest nation on Twitter, according to a report by a social media monitor.

“Nakita rin natin ‘yung pwersa nito noong mga nakaraang araw dahil talagang nag-mobilize ang mga social networking users at naging parang magical ang tulong sa relief assistance, sa rescue efforts,” she said.

“Isa ito doon sa mga magandang ehemplo kung saan talagang nagkapit-bisig ‘ang news 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.”

Semiocast, a social media monitor, said an analysis of some 517 million Twitter profiles from around the world shows that the country is just behind Spain and ahead of Turkey.

Around one-third of the country’s population has Internet access, amounting to an online population of some 30 million people. Of these figure, 93 percent also have a Facebook account.

The Philippines has overtaken even progressive nations on the use of social media because of the relative affordability of modern communication gadgets, according to some analysts. (PNA)

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