The city government has obtained a three-year grant from the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) for Baguio City to develop its capability on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and another of similar duration on e-learning that will commence next year.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said he is scheduled to travel to Seoul, South Korea, where the organization’s secretariat is based, in September to finalize the arrangement.
“WeGo’s intention is to improve the quality of life and promote sustainability among Smart cities,” he said.
It is also part of Baguio’s march towards achieving full Smart City status where technology is used to provide more effective and efficient service to the public in pursuit of good governance.
Established by 50 founding members in 2010, WeGO is an international association of cities and other local governments, smart tech solution providers, and natiosnal and regional institutions committed to the transformation of cities into smart sustainable cities.
It has more than 200 members worldwide and serves as an international platform to improve the quality of life, innovate in the delivery of public services, and strengthen regional competitiveness and is supported by regional offices in Africa (Abuja, Nigeria), East Asia (Chengdu, China), Eurasia (Ulyanovsk Region, Russia), the Mediterranean (Beyoğlu,s Turkey), and Latin America (Mexico City, Mexico). – Gaby B. Keith