Subscribers of PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. would be allowed to pay their bills through a six-month installment payment scheme to help ease the financial distress caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in the country.
In an advisory on Tuesday, PLDT said the program would cover unpaid balances of their customers as of April 30 and will include PLDT Home customers, Smart postpaid, and Sun postpaid mobile users.
“Subscribers can settle their unpaid balances as of April 30 in six equal monthly payments with 0 percent interest and no penalties,” the advisory read.
It said that all eligible customers would be enrolled in the program automatically.
“We hope that through this payment program, we will help keep you connected whether you are at home, the office or elsewhere after the enhanced community quarantine period,” said Manuel Pangilinan, chairman, and CEO of PLDT.
In March, PLDT Home implemented a 30-day bill payment extension period and suspended disconnection of overdue accounts of post-paid subscribers beginning bill period March 16 to April 15.
After the payment extension period, PLDT said a bill would be sent to its customers reflecting the first installment amount.
While the companies do not offer different installment schemes for those who wish to pay sooner, it said that customers may pay more than the amount due for the month or even pay their bill in full.
Missed or insufficient payments in any of the installment periods would go through the normal collection process and may result in the temporary restriction of service.
Earlier, President Duterte approved the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon from April 13 to April 30.ould
Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles said the quarantine has been extended as the government needed more time to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infections and to ensure that the operation of health and testing facilities are stabilized.