The Philippine government has expressed its commitment to finish its six smart city projects during the 4th Asean Smart Cities Network (ASCN) Annual Meeting held virtually, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The smart city projects which were showcased by the DILG during the ASCN meeting are the Command Center Upgrade and E-government Services in the City of Manila; Bus Rapid Transit System and Digital Traffic System in Cebu City; and Converged Command and Control Center and Intelligent Transportation and Traffic Systems with Security in Davao City.
The command center upgrades at the Manila City Hall which mainly acts as a contact center and dispatch center for emergency services, showcased 28 display panels and over 100 high-end cameras strategically placed throughout the city that allows recognition of facial features and license plates.
On the other hand, Manila’s e-Government Services through the Go! Manila web and mobile applications addressed the need for online processing and payment of government services during the pandemic. The mobile application also addressed problems on long queues, time-consuming processes, fixers, and the need for physical presence in the City Hall.
Meanwhile, Cebu City’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line Plan aims to improve the overall performance of the urban passenger transport system for a more efficient intra-city mass transportation. As for the city’s Digital Traffic System project, 18 of the 85 road intersections in the city have already been installed with sensors and high-resolution surveillance cameras for vehicle detection, license plate recognition, and speed dome for general surveillance.
Davao City’s Converged Command Center, on the other hand, is now in the second phase of its five-phase implementation scheme with digital infrastructure, underground cables, aerial installation of fiber optic cables, and additional closed-circuit televisions or CCTVs for surveillance currently being installed. Its complementary project dubbed as High Priority Bus System (HPBS) is now 70 percent complete while the design of depots and terminals for electric bus (eBus) is 30 percent in progress.