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Smart agrees to relocate cables for construction of EDSA’s elevated walkways

Smart Communications Inc. signed an agreement with the Department of Transportation in support of the EDSA Greenways Project—an initiative under the Build Better More infrastructure program of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Under the memorandum of agreement, Smart will relocate its utilities and cables affected by the construction of elevated walkways on the main thoroughfare, including footbridges in Balintawak, Cubao, Guadalupe and Taft Ave.

Smart president and chief executive Alfredo Panlilio

These pedestrian structures seek to address the needs of the elderly, persons with disabilities (PWDs), women and people travelling with children by connecting MRT and LRT stations to it.

“We welcome this opportunity to work hand-in-hand with government to help boost the country’s economy and improve the quality of life of our countrymen, while ensuring that we are able to continue serving our subscribers and keep them connected,” said PLDT Inc. and Smart president and chief executive Alfredo Panlilio said.

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said the government’s goal was to have a smooth relocation of utilities and cables in areas where the project would be constructed.

“I cannot overemphasize the value of the EDSA Greenways Project in providing sustainable mobility options,” said Bautista.

He said the DOTr appreciates the collaboration of the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine National Police, PLDT and Smart and other telcos in the success of the transport project.

“With our customers as our North Star, we are always looking for ways to serve them better by enhancing our network, enabling the seamless delivery of our products, services and innovative solutions,” said Smart first vice president and network head Eric Santiago.

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