PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) has enhanced its network services in Ormoc City to support its local government’s campaign against COVID-19.
After launching Ormoc’s COVID Ligtas Center located in Brgy Dolores last May 20, the Ormoc City LGU has quarantined over 700 returnees and COVID patients, according to Mayor Richard Gomez.
“Connectivity is very important, especially for our fellow Ormocanons who are at the isolation area in Brgy Dolores,” he said, adding that technology and connectivity are also vital to their overall Covid-19 response.
Smart has rolled out Multi-Element On Wheels (MEOW) equipment at the city’s COVID-19 quarantine facility to ensure that persons isolated there can stay in touch with their families.
Previously, Smart also extended communications assistance for Ormoc’s COVID-19 efforts by donating load SIM cards, Smart Bro pocket wifi units and COVID-19 Advisory and Awareness signage. This also includes support for Ormoc’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services or Lamdag Ormoc under the City Health Department.
This is the latest in PLDT-Smart’s ongoing efforts to provide communications support to local government units, frontline agencies, and their personnel amid the nationwide COVID-19 response.
PLDT and Smart have likewise extended communications assistance to various LGUs, the Department of Health, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine General Hospital, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the Department of Transportation by donating SIMS, load cards, smartphones, and WiFi kits to provide for the connectivity of their frontliners, among others.
It also previously rolled out MEOW equipment at the San Lazaro Hospital, one of the DOH’s primary COVID-19 facilities in Manila, to augment its network services in the hospital.