[28 April 2020] Repatriated Filipino seafarers can now stay in touch with their families as they complete their mandatory quarantine periods through the help of Smart Communications, Inc (Smart).
Smart has donated a thousand pre-loaded SIM cards to shipping and logistics company 2GO Group, Inc., which is working with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Health (DOH) and Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) to facilitate the 14-day quarantine of repatriated seafarers.
These SIMs help returning Filipino seafarers on these 2GO sea vessels that have been temporarily turned into shelters, to connect with their families. Aside from this, Smart has also provided ten (10) mobile phones to the ships so that the seafarers can call their loved ones for free.
Meanwhile, PLDT will also provide free WIFI on board so that these returning OFWs and quarantine facility personnel can access the internet.
“This is part of our commitment to help our repatriated Filipino seafarers stay connected with their families during this pandemic. Through this, we hope that we can ease their worries or homesickness while undergoing quarantine,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and head of Consumer Business Wireless at Smart.
2GO has converted two of its ships as quarantine facilities in response to the call of DOTr. These will be manned by the Philippine Coast Guard and social distancing will be strictly enforced. 2GO will also provide the technical crew and housekeeping staff to maintain the facilities.
For more information, please visit www.smart.com.ph.
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