- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has partnered with Smart Communications Inc. (SMART) to offer free wireless internet in major transport terminals nationwide
- It will be accessible to public places, including but not limited to airports, sea ports, train stations, and bus terminals
- SMART said that the free internet speed will be '10 times faster' than regular connections and is aimed to be 'on par with international standards'
DOTC and SMART signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday with the telecommunications giant committing to operating and maintaining the Wi-Fi facility at no cost to the government.
“Passengers will now enjoy free WiFi connections during their stay in various transport hubs. We aim to provide high standards and better services to the public,” DOTC Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
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During the signing ceremonies, Tugade told reporters that this project was part of President Duterte's initiative to focus on problems which plague the nation.
Tugade said that President Duterte requested him to zero in on major problems in his department. "Art, tutukan mo iyong kung saan galit ang mga tao, kung saan naiinis ang mga tao. And so gumawa kami ng mga hotline at tinignan namin iyong mga problemang kinaiinisan ng mga tao. Nandiyan ang tinatawag nating trapiko. Nandiyan ang congestion. Samu't saring mga bagay na kung saan mas maraming panahon ang ginugugol ng ating mga kababayan sa kalsada - mas marami pa sa daan kaysa sa sariling tahanan.
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(Art, focus on the issues which anger the people, which upset them. And so, we created a hotline and we looked at the problems which upset people. There's what we call traffic. There's congestion. A lot of different things wherein more time is spent by our countrymen on the road - more time on the road than in their own homes.)
"Importante na habang sila ay nasa kalsada, mapa-riles o himpapawid kinakailangan mayroong... connectivity."
(It's important that while they are on the road, whether on the tracks or in flight, there has to be... connectivity.)
The transportation secretary also pointed out that the DOTC-Smart deal is a good way to highlight private and public sector cooperation.
"Napakaimportante nito kasi not only does it provide connectivity as we want it to be but more importantly we want to show to the public that the business world with the bigger businessmen that they are willing to tie-up with the government to be in what we call government service for the benefit of the many.
"We thank our partner, Smart, for supporting the government's thrust to make passengers' travel experience more comfortable, convenient and connected," Tugade said in recognition of the invaluable help this partnership entails.
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The DOTC secretary added that the agreement is not exclusive to SMART as other telecommunications providers are welcome to offer free Wi-Fi as well.
PLDT-SMART Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said that the agreement between DOTC and SMART is a good business move as “it will mean higher traffic.”-Kami Media
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