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PLDT, Smart power Naga City, Cebu

by Smart Communications | Nov 24, 2021
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PLDT, through its B2B arm PLDT Enterprise, and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have partnered with the Local Government of Naga City, Cebu to ensure its constituents’ access to reliable connectivity and communications solutions to boost the city’s fight against COVID-19.
PLDT, Smart power Naga City, Cebu
Present during the signing ceremonies were (L-R) Alexis Winters, AVP/Center Head of Smart Customer Development CEV, Kent de la Calzada , Business Head of PLDT Enterprise Corporate Relationship Management, Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong, Naga City Vice Mayor Virgilio Chiong and Councilor Charmaine Navarro

Under the partnership, fast, free and secure Smart WiFi will be deployed at the Naga City Hall, Baywalk Naga Park, and Pasilong sa Naga, enabling improved online experience and connectivity with speeds of up to 1 Gbps.   
 
PLDT Enterprise has also facilitated the LGU’s use of the Smart Messaging Suite to disseminate COVID-related data and prompt vaccination scheduling. In support of distance learning, the LGU has also partnered with Smart to provide Giga Study plans to its city scholars and teachers. PLDT Enterprise has been providing the LGU with multiple broadband lines and connectivity solutions since 2018.
   
Leading the Memorandum of Agreement signing ceremonies were Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong and Vice Mayor Virgilio Chiong, and PLDT and Smart representatives headed by Kent de la Calzada, Business Head of PLDT Enterprise Corporate Relationship Management and Alexis Winters, Assistant Vice President of Smart Customer Development in Central and Eastern Visayas.  
  
“When you look at Naga City, key to its progress and development is using ICT. In good governance, technology is invaluable, and it is important for true development. On behalf of the City Government of Naga and all the Nagahanons, thank you very much, PLDT and Smart, for this meaningful partnership,” said Mayor Chiong. 
 
"The basic foundation of any Smart City is always accessing the internet, and this is what we are providing here in Naga with our Smart Wifi, which provides a robust, premium, fast and reliable internet connection to the citizens as well as visitors of Naga for free with the best customer experience," de la Calzada said.
 
“PLDT Enterprise is committed to supporting our local government units across the country to enable their offices to boost their productivity and efficiency. We will continue to provide fast and reliable internet to empower organizations as they embrace digital transformation to adapt to the challenges of this pandemic,” said Jimmy Chua, AVP & Head of Corporate Relationship Management for Visayas. “Through our connectivity solutions, they can look forward to faster online transactions so that they can thrive in their fight against COVID-19.”  
 
“PLDT and Smart are excited to welcome Naga as one of our key partners for a Better Tomorrow and in establishing local impact in Cebu. Our commitment as a company is to support initiatives led by the government that promote wider access to ICT infrastructure,” said Winters. 
   
These initiatives are in line with the Group’s long-standing commitment to help the Philippines attain the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG #9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure and SDG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
 

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