SMART provides free WiFi for new COVID-19 health care facilities

THE Department of Public Works and Highways said that as part of efforts to equip COVID-19 medical front liners with reliable data connectivity, PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is providing fast, free and 24/7 Smart WiFi to several major newly-activated COVID-19 facilities.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. VIllar said Smart has rolled out carrier-grade fiber-powered Smart WiFi to the Ninoy Aquino Stadium at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the Philippine International Convention Center Tent and the World Trade Center, all of which have been converted into COVID-19 treatment facilities that will handle patients under monitoring (PUMs) and patients under investigation (PUIs).

Villar said Smart has also installed WiFi connectivity at the La Salle Greenhills campus in Mandaluyong which now houses health workers from nearby hospitals.

These WiFi installations, which have a capacity of 1 Gigabyte per second, are the latest in PLDT-Smart’s on-going efforts to provide communications support to frontline agencies and their personnel such as the departments of health, transportation, public works, the armed forces and police, local governments and non-governmental organizations in different parts of the country.

 “These new quarantine sites will decongest hospitals in Metro Manila, thus reducing community transmission while protecting our health care workers.  We'd like to thank Smart for providing high-speed WiFi.  This will help the facility managers to coordinate with one another as well as patients so that they can keep in touch with their families and loved ones,” the DPWH chief said.

Smart WiFi connectivity is also available in provincial capitols, city and municipal halls across the country, which are being used as a base of operations for local government logistics, transportation and relief, as well as in hospitals, supermarkets and convenience stores.