Manila aims for ‘smart city’ status and wins 3 digital governance awards
As the city of Manila prepares to achieve “smart city” status, the Local Government Unit (LGU) has won three awards at the 2021 Digital Governance Awards (LGUs Best Practices in Information and Communication Technology) which took place held on October 29th.
Prizes include the Covid 19-Testing Center Web-Lab-IS – Best in LGU Empowerment Award (City Level) – 1st place; City of Manila Connection for Inclusion Award — Best in Customer Empowerment Award (City level) 1st place and Business Permit Licensing Service (BPLS) —Best in Business Empowerment Award (City level) 2nd place.
Previously, the Manila city government had partnered with software giant Microsoft, which will help accelerate LGU’s goal of building a 21st century economy that uplifts the poor, improves employment opportunities for its middle class and improves the inner workings of city government. .
“Becoming a smart city will improve service delivery to the outside world and strengthen our overall attractiveness for businesses and investments, especially as we seek to recover from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the Mayor of Manila Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
Andres Ortola, Managing Director of Microsoft in the Philippines, said the city of Manila has taken on a huge challenge in its ambition to become a smart city and looks forward to working closely with it to support its transformation efforts and hopefully inspire and help other government units and agencies across the Philippines as well.
“Municipal governments today have the opportunity to better serve their citizens through the power of technology. Artificial intelligence, cloud and data can all be harnessed to increase efficiency and improve everything from public safety to transportation, infrastructure and citizen services, ”said Ortola.
Digital transformation has been at the heart of Moreno’s administration of the City of Manila. Upon assuming the post of mayor of the city on July 1, 2019, he discovered that the city lacked basic data sets for population, family size, income, and education, among others. 30