February 9, 2023

Mayor Benjamin Magalong is urging City Hall officials and employees to register in the Baguio In My Pocket (BIMP) program that provides contactless transactions, among other benefits.

BIMP is a smart phone application and web portal that is being rolled out citywide after a successful pilot run in Irisan barangay where more than 80 percent of its residents voluntarily registered.

Pasig-based Information Technology Business Solutions (ITBS) donated the application to Baguio to help the city in its bid to digitize its    governance and achieve a Smart City status where problems are solved with the aid of technology, including the delivery of basic services to the public.

Magalong said while registration in the app is voluntary, those in government should register and lead by example.

Magalong said the app will also aid in the city’s intensified contact tracing. 

ITBS Operations Manager MJ Barin said only basic information is required from registrants and assured that proper measures have been put in place to secure the data.

The mayor led other officials and guests during the grand launching of BIMP and Transport Pre-Alert and Support System (T-PASS) on Nov. 9 at City Hall multi-purpose hall.      

Offered free to the city by another company, T-PASS, is a digital platform for registering cargo vehicles including key information and parcels, persons, and things contained in the vehicle. 

It also enhances Covid-19 containment measures by bolstering current surveillance of those entering the city. – Gaby B. Keith