Baguio wants to digitize transactions
The city government will embark on an aggressive digital transformation that will allow all information, services, and transactions to be available in gadgets to allow people to do business with the city anytime, anywhere.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said part of the city government’s aggressive digital transformation will be the so-called “Baguio in my pocket,” where all information, services, and transactions are available on the different digital platforms allowing users to transact business with the different offices of the city electronically, particularly the application for the issuance of permits, among other important documents.
He said the concept is the brainchild of his classmate, Col. Alex Arevalo in the Philippine Military Academy Sandigan Class of 1982.
He said the ongoing upgrading of the telecommunication systems of the different companies operating in the city and the city government’s plan of putting up an integrated command center that will use artificial intelligence is part of the realization of the desired digital transformation that will contribute in efforts of shaping up a better Baguio.
Earlier, the Office of the President released to the city government P200 million to fund the city’s integrated command system but the terms of reference for the endeavor is still being finalized by the concerned offices.
He said the city government must embrace the advances in the field of information and communication technology to enable the city and its people to be globally competitive and not be left out in digital transformation process.
The mayor urged the different sectors in the city to be open to the innovations being introduced for the effective and efficient delivery of basic services. – PIO release